A hammer toe is a deformity where your toes bend or curl downward instead of pointing forward. This deformity can affect any toe on your foot. It most often affects the second or third toe. Although a hammer toe may be present at birth, it can develop over time due to arthritis or as a result of a dropped metatarsal arch.
A shoe fitter will recommend footwear with adequate toe box volume to correctly accommodate the toes. A shoe with stretch material in the toe box area will often help if there is extra sensitivity in the toes. Correct fitting socks are an important consideration. Socks should not be tight or restricting in the toe area. A seam free sock may cause less friction.