USC Orthopaedic Surgery / Treatments / Hammertoe Treatment

If hammertoe is not painful, most people live with the condition. Patients with hammertoe should wear shoes that are a half-inch longer and avoid narrow shoes. Physical therapy may be prescribed to increase flexibility and reduce pain. Corn pads and cushions can be used to protect the area as needed.

More serious cases that cause pain, affect walking abilities or rub the skin to the point of infection require surgery. Your doctor may recommend this procedure after other therapeutic options are exhausted.

During surgery, your doctor may remove part of the toe bone, cut the ligaments and tendons, and insert pins to help straighten the toe.

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