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Hammertoe Exercises

Hammertoe is a condition of the foot that occurs when the middle joint of a toe juts upward, causing the toe to look like a hammer. Many patients who are struggling with hammertoe frequently ask their medical professionals how they can care for their hammertoe. The answer is complicated because there are many different potential treatments that someone may pursue. However, one way that a medical professional can recommend treating hammertoe is by performing certain exercises to mitigate the effects of the condition. Specifically, a person may try to strengthen their toe muscles by performing towel toe curls. This can be done by placing a towel on the floor and using the toes to scrunch up the towel. Contact a chiropodist today to learn about more ways in which patients living with hammertoe can perform beneficial exercises. 

Hammertoe is a common foot deformity in which one or more of the small toes bends downwards at the middle joint. Though it may seem like a purely cosmetic issue, this is not the case. Hammertoes can be uncomfortable, painful, and even debilitating in severe cases. If you suffer from hammertoe, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility.


  • One or more small toes bending downward at the middle joint

  • Pain or irritation on the affected toes

  • Corns and calluses

  • Inflammation

  • Redness

  • Stiff toe joints

  • Sores on the tops of the toes


A chiropodist can typically diagnose hammertoes through physical examination. X-rays may need to be taken to see the extent of the damage.


Hammertoes tend to progressively worsen with time, so getting prompt treatment is very important. In its early stages, the progression of hammertoe can be slowed down or stopped. Your chiropodist may suggest changes in your footwear. Wearing wide, comfortable shoes with a larger toe area and a low heel can help you avoid putting pressure on your toes. You may also be prescribed orthotics. Over-the-counter medications or corticosteroid injections may be used to relieve pain. If you have any corns or calluses, your chiropodist may suggest padding them to avoid further irritation. In advanced cases, surgery may be suggested. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs. 

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