The toe joint swells and takes on an angry red color.
It's hard to move the toe joint -- and it hurts when you try.
The ball of the foot under the bent toe hurts.
Call Your Doctor About Hammertoes If:
Your feet often hurt. If you have a hammertoe, you definitely need medical attention. Foot doctors are called podiatrists. Call one, or ask your doctor for a referral. The earlier you seek treatment, the likelier it is that the problem won't get worse.