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Is a hammertoe hereditary?

No. But the general type of foot in which the condition occurs is hereditary. If your biological parent or grandparent has (or had) a hammertoe, then you are at risk for developing one as well. And if your foot resembles that of a biological family member who has one or more toes that are crooked, twisted, or humped up, you should get it checked out now. Oftentimes, when treating a hammertoe in its early stages, a custom-made orthotic can be used to restore stability to the foot, which in turn can prevent hammertoes from forming or stop them from progressing.

See FAQ: “What is a hammertoe (or hammer toe)?”

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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