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Does a hammer toe hurt?

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4 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

If the deformity is severe enough it can hurt, or if the toe rubs on the shoe it will cause pain.

In brief: Maybe

If the deformity is severe enough it can hurt, or if the toe rubs on the shoe it will cause pain.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: If it becomes

Arthritic and/or if a corn develops.

In brief: If it becomes

Arthritic and/or if a corn develops.
Dr. Brandon Macy
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It can.

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", and sometimes this can be very painful, whether due to the underlying arthritis or a callus that forms due to the deformity.

In brief: It can.

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", and sometimes this can be very painful, whether due to the underlying arthritis or a callus that forms due to the deformity.
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: They may or may not

Not all hammertoes will hurt.
Pain usually will result from the use of ill fitting shoes.

In brief: They may or may not

Not all hammertoes will hurt.
Pain usually will result from the use of ill fitting shoes.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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