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Hammertoes are a condition that affects the toes, causing them to bend downward at the middle joint, resulting in a hammer-like appearance. This condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, arthritis, and ill-fitting shoes. The first line of treatment for hammertoes is to address the underlying cause, such as wearing shoes with a wide and deep toe box, using orthotic inserts, or physical therapy to strengthen the muscles. In some cases, a podiatrist may recommend wearing custom-made shoes or splints to help keep the toes in the correct position. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the deformity and improve the function of the affected toe. It's essential to seek treatment for hammertoes early to prevent further complications, such as wounds and pain that may develop from the contractures of the toes.

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