Hammer Toes

Hammer toe occurs when the second, third, fourth or fifth (little) toe rigidly contracts. A similar condition, mallet toe, occurs when the first joint of the toe becomes permanently bent.

Poorly fitted shoes or excessively high heels can lead to abnormal pressure or friction on the top of the toe and may shorten the muscles in the toes over time. Hammer toe can also be caused by muscle, nerve, or joint damage related to osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke or diabetes, and may appear concurrently with a bunion or other foot problems.

As a podiatrist, Dr. Ames is professionally trained and fully qualified to correct hammer toes and treat other conditions of the foot. If you are experiencing these symptoms, call our office at (512) 407-8188 to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Ames.