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What are the two types of hammertoes?

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There are two types of hammertoes:

  • Flexible hammertoes. If the toe still can be moved at the joint, it's a flexible hammertoe. That's good, because this is an earlier, milder form of the problem. There may be several treatment options.
  • Rigid hammertoes. If the tendons in the toe become rigid, they press the joint out of alignment. At this stage, the toe can't be moved. It usually means that surgery is needed.

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

UpToDate.

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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