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Can my little toe become a hammertoe?

Yes. All toes have the possibility of developing into hammertoes. When our little toe—or fifth toe—becomes a hammertoe, it twists around 90 degrees outward away from the rest of the toes, and this can be very painful. Further, pressure between the fifth and fourth toes increases, and this often causes a soft corn (a buildup of dead skin), which is painful too. If the pain becomes too much to handle, surgery can be done to reposition the toe, eliminate the pressure, and remove the soft corn.

If you think you may have a hammertoe, contact us to set up an appointment with Dr. Bembynista, who will evaluate your toe and make a recommendation for treatment, if necessary.

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