Given the similarities between the two conditions, you may well wonder what the difference is between mallet toes and hammertoes. These foot deformities both entail an abnormal bend in a toe—typically the one next to the big toe. The key difference is that the bend for hammertoe happens at the middle joint, whereas in mallet toe the joint nearest the toenail is bent.
Both of these conditions are commonly found in women who frequently wear high heels or shoes that have a narrow toe box. Either ailment can cause pain in toes and may be corrected by switching footwear and wearing orthotics or inserts. If conservative methods are not effective, surgery may be recommended to release the tension of a stubborn tendon.
If you have developed either a hammertoe or a mallet toe, contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM, so he can assess your specific situation and create a treatment plan for you. Call (760) 568-0108 to schedule an appointment at our Palm Desert, CA, office today and get the relief that you need from pain and discomfort.