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What causes hammertoes?

Hammertoes are often genetic. They can also be caused by injury, or diseases such as neuropathy, arthritis, and stroke. Hammertoes can also be caused or exacerbated by your shoe choices. Shoes that crowd the toes, such as high heels, or any that are too tight to allow your toes to lay flat, can cause this condition to develop. Initially, the toes will lie flat when not pushed, but the tendons can eventually contract. The toe will lose flexibility and continue to stay in the stiff, claw-like position of a hammertoe.

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This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.

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Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists of Wauwatosa, Oak Creek, New Berlin and Mequon, Wisconsin (WI) treat all medical and surgical foot and ankle conditions. Licensed Podiatrists, Dr. Steven Waldman, Dr. Christopher Milkie, Dr. Brant McCartan and Dr. Lucy Meier can help bring you foot and ankle pain relief.
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