A hammertoe is a foot deformity in which the toe bends downward at the middle joint, creating a hammer-like appearance. This condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, improper footwear, and certain medical conditions such as arthritis. Symptoms of a hammertoe may include pain or discomfort in the affected toe, particularly when wearing shoes or walking, as well as swelling, redness, or corns and calluses on the affected toe. In severe cases, the affected toe may become rigid and difficult to move. Treatment options for hammertoes include wearing proper footwear with a wide and deep toe box, using orthotic inserts or pads and in some cases, surgery to correct the deformity.