A hammertoe is a flexible or rigid contraction of a toe. The toe bends at the joint area and the tendon that connects muscle to bone tissue normally tightens or stretches. Ligaments, which connect one bone to another bone, may also tighten or stretch, causing the toe bones to assume an abnormal position. Shoes will often lead to abnormal pressure and friction on the top of the toe, resulting in a painful inflammation above the toe joint. Often this leads to a hard corn formation. If left untreated, this condition may progress to ulcers or infections.

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