Q My toe is crooked, could it be hammertoe?
Our feet are often scrunched in shoes and hidden from view. If you have noticed that one of your toes is looking slightly crooked, there is likely a reason and it could be hammertoe.
A muscle or tendon imbalance in your foot can create this condition that causes one or more of your toes to bend. The problem affects the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes and you will see that the toe bends down toward the floor at the middle joint.
It usually starts mild and progressively gets worse if intervention and the proper treatment isn’t taken. Wearing tight, pointed-toe shoes often aggravates the condition. You may see corns develop on the top of the crooked toe from the shoes rubbing against it.
Don’t ignore this toe deformity. Early intervention will prevent hammertoes from becoming fixed and rigid. Contact Dallas Podiatry Works in Dallas, TX, at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX, at (972) 943-3323 to make an appointment with Dr. Joel W. Brook and Dr. David R. Northcutt.