Hammertoe results from improperly-fitting shoes or from a muscle imbalance inside the foot.
To relieve hammertoe, Dr. Marso may prescribe soft, roomy shoes and a variety of exercises to retrain the toe muscles. In some cases he may order strap, cushions, or certain types of corn pads as part of the treatment plan. The most severe cases may require surgery.
"Feel Good Feet: A User's Guide to Foot & Ankle Health"