Hammertoes develop when any of the little toe joints buckle or curl under. They usually do this as a result of a muscle imbalance or tight tendons. Once it occurs the toe may hurt and be difficult to move.
Sometimes a corn (build-up of dead skin cells) may form between curled toes or on top of buckled joints where shoes rub and become painful. If the symptoms are mild, change of shoe gear and padding or splinting the toes may be helpful.
If symptoms are severe, they may need to be surgically corrected. Your Podiatrist can evaluate your hammertoe and offer options for treatment.