Surgery/ palliative. The surgical correction of Hammertoes is reserve for people that have tried different conservative treatment and they have failed. This surgery and recuperation is very easy when done with the right technique. Swelling is the most common complain after surgery, and is easily treated with compression and/or a steroid injection. This surgery is not as bad as people think.
See below. Various conservative treatments may alleviate symptoms such as shoes with higher roomier toe box or opened toed shoes as well as padding and strapping. Ultimately the only way to correct the hammertoe is with surgery although this may not be necessary if symptoms can be relieved and function can be maintained conservatively. Proper foot support and orthotics may slow progression of deformity.