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What is hammer toe?
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Simplest Explanation
Is that these are contractures of the toes.

In brief: Simplest Explanation
Is that these are contractures of the toes.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Corinne Kauderer
However the contractions are due to the over powering of the flexor tendons plantarly over the extensor tendons dorsally.
Dr. Payam Rafat
A hammertoe is an abnormal increased contracture or a bending of the toe joint.
3 doctors agree
In brief: Can be painful
It is a contracture of the digit at the proximal joint.

In brief: Can be painful
It is a contracture of the digit at the proximal joint.
Dr. Christopher Pappas
Dr. Christopher Pappas
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bent toe.
People can get hammertoes several different ways, including just an unlucky roll of the genetic dice, but the fundamental result is usually the same: a toe that has drawn back and no longer sits straight or "flat".
Sometimes it's only a tendon that holds the toe in that position, other times there's arthritis involved: these tend to be more rigid, and require surgery if you want them corrected.

In brief: Bent toe.
People can get hammertoes several different ways, including just an unlucky roll of the genetic dice, but the fundamental result is usually the same: a toe that has drawn back and no longer sits straight or "flat".
Sometimes it's only a tendon that holds the toe in that position, other times there's arthritis involved: these tend to be more rigid, and require surgery if you want them corrected.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Payam Rafat
A hammertoe is an abnormal increased contracture or a bending of the toe joint.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: A contracted toe
A hammertoe is an abnormal increased contracture or a bending of the toe joint.
This most commonly results from a muscle or tendon imbalance which results from the mechanical and structural changes in the foot that may occur over time in some people. This abnormal bending can lead to abnormal pressure distribution causing a potential development of pain, swelling, blistering, and corns.

In brief: A contracted toe
A hammertoe is an abnormal increased contracture or a bending of the toe joint.
This most commonly results from a muscle or tendon imbalance which results from the mechanical and structural changes in the foot that may occur over time in some people. This abnormal bending can lead to abnormal pressure distribution causing a potential development of pain, swelling, blistering, and corns.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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