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Reasons for Procedure
Hammer toe occurs when there is a shortening of the tendon that controls toe movement. This causes the middle joint of the toe to be bent upward and the outer joint downwards. The misshapen toe resembles a hammer. A hammertoe correction is considered when:
- Other treatments have failed to bring about results.
- The malformed toe has assumed an awkward position and is causing pain.
- The deformity makes walking difficult.
- The position of the toe causes breakdown of skin. This can increase the risk of developing a bone infection.