Hammer, Claw and Mallet toes are the same condition and is a condition causing the misshaping of the smaller toes – usually the second, third or fourth toe – where the toes are bent at the joints. Ill-fitting shoes and tight socks are a common cause of this condition. Injury, bunions or rheumatoid arthritis can also be causes. Other problems can arise from Hammer toes, because the toe joint sticks out, shoes can rub the joints, leading to corns and calluses. Hammer toes can also cause stress on the ball of the foot, resulting in pain known as metatarsalgia.
Sufferers of Hammer toes would be well suited to choose footwear with a deep toe box and square toe shape.