What are the Possible Causes of Hammer Toe?
Hammertoe is when your toe curls downwards instead of pointing straight forward, usually due to external forces such as tight shoes, shoes with pointed toes or high heels. This might be present from birth, but in the typical case, it comes from wearing shoes that are too tight.
The muscle, tendon and/or ligament imbalance causes the toe to bend downward. This degeneration might also occur due to a disease like arthritis. Other possible reasons for this defect include trauma and tightened ligament or tendons in the foot. Whatever the original cause, mechanical imbalances tend to increase over time.