Hammertoes are deformities of the smaller toes of the foot. The middle joint of the toe is bent, resembling a hammer. Hammertoes can cause thickened toenails and corns or calluses on the top of the toe or at the tip of the toe. If diabetic, these corns and calluses can lead to ulceration (sores) and infection. Pain may be experienced to the toes or the ball of the foot. Many people with hammer toes have difficulty finding comfortable shoes. Hammertoes can become painful and rigid or inflexible and require surgical correction. There are many different surgical procedures for hammer toe deformities. In our office, your podiatrist will review your x-rays with you and determine the best treatment option for your specific condition, life style, and goals. Hammer toe surgery may be performed by your podiatrist at a hospital, a surgical center. Patients go home the same day and follow up in the office weekly or every other week for post-surgical evaluation and care. Patients are able to bear weight and walk after hammer toe surgery, but are advised to limit their activity for up to 4 weeks.