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What are hammertoes?

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A hammertoe is when a muscle and ligament are imbalanced around the toe joint. This causes the middle joint of the toe to buckle and become stuck in this position.

Toes that may curl rather than buckle -- most commonly the baby toe -- are also considered hammertoes.

SOURCES: American Podiatric Medical Association. American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

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Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 20, 2017

SOURCES: American Podiatric Medical Association. American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 20, 2017

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