A hammer toe is a toe stuck in an abnormal bent position. Instead of lying flat, the middle of your toe sticks up.
The toe is bent so the middle part of it is higher than normal. The higher part can rub on your shoe, causing:
Shoes with low and narrow toes may be painful to wear. You may also get pain in the ball of your foot.
To treat hammer toe, doctors will:
Have you wear comfortable, wide shoes
Have you use toe pads (shields sold in pharmacies to protect the toe from rubbing against the shoe)
Treat any skin irritation or open sores
Have you wear special devices that fit in your shoe
Do foot exercises
Do surgery if your hammer toe can’t be treated in other ways