The HAMMERTOE is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth (little) toes. The abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes causing pain. Hammertoes usually start out as a mild deformity and progressively get worse.
Several kinds of surgery can repair hammertoe. They include:
Removing parts of the toe bones.
Cutting or transplanting the tendons of the toes (tendons connect bone to muscle).
Fusing the joint together to make the toe straight and no longer able to bend.
You may have surgical pins or a wire to hold the toe bones in place while your toe heals.