Hammertoes occurs when the tendons and ligaments around the toes become contracted and the toes take on a “claw-like” appearance. The problem is aggravated when the toes come in contact with the top of a shoe causing “corns” to form on the tops of the toes. In severe cases, a callus can also form at the end of one or more toes. 

Causes of Hammertoe

  • Shoes that are too small and cause the toe to bend.
  • Callus and Corns
  • Aging and sex (woman are more likely to get hammertoe)
  • Injury to the toe
  • Genetics and toe length 

Symptoms of Hammertoe

Some of the most common symptoms are

  • Corns and calluses
  • Pain and inflammation on the affected toe. 
  • Bending of toe


  • Wear proper-fitting shoes
  • Take care of corn or callus
  • Foot exercises
  • Surgery

Hammertoe Surgery

The most common method of correction at Laser Foot Surgery Center is as follows:

The tendon (muscle attachments) on the top and bottom of the toe are “lengthened.” Then, using a special drill, a small cut is made across one of the joints and/or the bones in the toe, allowing the joint to be realigned straightening the toe. 

In-Office Surgery

Hammertoes can be corrected right in the office.

The patient feels more comfortable being in a familiar environment and don’t have to show up hours before surgery. Patients receive light sedation and local anesthesia is administered. The procedure lasts 30-45 mins. This saves patients thousands of dollars by avoiding unnecessary expensive hospital bills.


After these procedures are performed, it is usually necessary for the patient to wear a post-surgical shoe for one to two weeks.