A common condition that I see in my practice is hammertoes.
My patients ask where they come from. How did they get them? How can they fix them?
Hammertoes are bending of the toe at the joint. They may cause the toes to contract during standing or rest.They are usually caused by a tendon or muscle imbalance which can stem from a neurological disorder. Hammertoes also have a genetic component or they can initiated by wearing tight shoes.
Stretching and massage of the toes can help to relieve pain associated with the deformity. Toe pads and wider shoes are also viable treatment options. Surgery can permanently correct the deformity but should be carefully considered and thoroughly discussed with your doctor.