How to get rid of Hammer toe?

How to get rid of Hammer toe?

A hammertoe is curled due to a bend in the middle joint of the toe. A hammer toe is usually caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes. It often affects the toe next to the big toe. The affected toe may be painful or hard to move and may develop corns or calluses.


  • Exercises may also strengthen and stretch the muscles in the feet, which may reduce the imbalance that is causing hammer toe.
  • Strengthening exercises for the toe
  • Gently stretching the toe manually

  • Applying taping
  • Taping is a technique that seems to have the short-term effect of changing the position of small toes in patients suffering from hammertoe.

  • Flat or low-heeled shoes, with a heel of fewer than 2 inches (5 centimeters)
  • Shoes with a wide and deep toe box to accommodate long or bent toes
  • Open-toe shoes or sandals



Dr . P. Senthil Selvam, PhD
Professor & HOD, School of Physiotherapy, VISTAS, Chennai.

Dr .D. Hepzibah Rubella, MPT (Ortho)
Research Scholar, School of Physiotherapy, VISTAS, Chennai.

Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies (VISTAS)


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