Although your toes are small, they are very mighty. Your toes help you balance, walk and run. We need to take care of them properly. If your toes are being squished by your shoes, those toes can buckle. The joints become deformed and your toes begin to look like hammers.
This can cause your muscles and tendons to become imbalanced, which can mean quite a bit of pain. These misshapen toes can lead to corns on your feet.
Hammer toes need to be treated early to slow or stop the progression. In the early stages, your hammer toe might have a flexible joint, but as time passes and they are left untreated, the joint becomes rigid. For milder cases of hammer toe, I suggest a corrective treatment, like a corrective shoe or splint. If the hammer toe is severe, outpatient surgery may be required to loosen the joint.
Be aware of shoes that are too tight and take care of your toes!