A hammertoe occurs from a muscle and ligament imbalance around the toe joint which causes the middle joint of the toe to bend and become stuck in this position. The most common complaint with hammertoes is rubbing and irritation on the top of the bent toe.
Toes that may curl rather than buckle (most commonly the baby toe), are also considered hammertoes.
It can happen to any toe. Women are more likely to get pain associated with hammertoes than men because of shoe gear.
Hammertoes can be a serious...
You may also bring on golfer's elbow by using the wrong equipment, like a golf club or tennis racket that is too heavy or that has a grip that is too large. Bad technique -- like using the wrong posture for a swing -- can also lead to golfer's elbow.
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