hammertThe hammertoe condition occurs when one toe, usually the one next to the big toe, starts curling up into a permanent position on your feet. Your curled toes point downward, creating the appearance of a claw or toe, thus why it is named hammertoe or hammer claw. Hammertoe can lead to the uncomfortable rubbing of your toes against your shoes, resulting in irritation and pain. Hammertoe can be caused by ill-fitting footwear, arthritis, or genes, and a common solution is surgery.

To successfully correct a hammertoe and relieve the symptoms associated it, medical assistance may be necessary. If you are seeking hammertoe treatment, please see Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.


Hammertoe is a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office, located in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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