“Our feet are our body’s connection to the earth” – Andrew Weil


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Bent toe, better known as hammer toe, is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toe where the toe is bent a the middle joint resembling a hammer.



When ligaments and tendons in the toe tighten and cause the toe joints to stay bent, the condition is called hammer toe (sometimes called mallet toe or claw toe, the distinction being which joints are affected). A hammer toe affects the first two joints of the toe, causing the toe to bend and raise the second knuckle upward. A mallet toe affects the last joint at the end of the toe, causing the knuckle closest to the toenail to bend and point the toe tip downward. A claw toe looks like a combination of a hammer toe and a mallet toe. It affects all three joints of the toe, causing the second knuckle to bend upward and the last knuckle to curl underneath it with the toe tip pointing downward.