A hammer toe or contracted toe is a kind of deformity of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the second, third, or fourth toe causing it to be permanently bent, resembling a hammer. Hammer toe is primarily caused due to wearing poorly fitting shoes that can force the toe into a bent position, such as excessively high heels or shoes that are too short or narrow for the foot.
Its symptoms include:
Middle joint of the toe is bent
Difficulty in moving the toe
Callus on the sole of the foot
Walking or wearing shoes can be painful
There could be many reasons of hammer toe including: