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Toe Joint Deformities

Hammer toe

A hammer toe occurs when a toe (usually the second toe) bends down at the middle toe joint (proximal interphalangeal joint, or PIP joint). The toe may bend up at the joint where the toe and foot meet (metatarsophalangeal joint, or MTP joint), causing the middle toe joint to be raised slightly. There may also be a deformity at the distal interphalangeal joint (DIP joint).

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
Current as of June 18, 2013

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Last Updated: June 18, 2013
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