hammertoe

noun
ham·​mer·​toe | \ˈha-mər-ˌtō \

Definition of hammertoe 

: a deformed claw-shaped toe (usually the second toe) that results from permanent angular flexion between one or both phalangeal joints A poorly fitting shoe can cause hellish problems, from bunions and corns to hammertoesConsumer Reports

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So can having bunions or hammertoes, or having a condition like rheumatoid arthritis that can cause joints to swell. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "8 Shoe Mistakes That Could Definitely Be Causing Your Foot Pain," 18 Apr. 2018 High heels generally shift your weight forward to the balls of your feet, putting entirely too much pressure on your muscles and joints and potentially causing pain, along with issues like bunions and hammertoes over time. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "8 Shoe Mistakes That Could Definitely Be Causing Your Foot Pain," 18 Apr. 2018 Podiatrists can prescribe orthotics, treat ingrown toenails, provide diabetic foot care and perform surgical procedures such as bunionectomies and hammertoe repair. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Some common causes for aching feet and how to treat them," 21 Oct. 2017 What to do: To prevent or ease pain caused by bunions and hammertoes, choose shoes with a round, deep toe box, Andersen says. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Some common causes for aching feet and how to treat them," 21 Oct. 2017

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circa 1885, in the meaning defined above

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hammertoe

noun
ham·​mer·​toe | \ˌham-ər-ˈtō \

Medical Definition of hammertoe 

: a deformed claw-shaped toe and especially the second that results from permanent angular flexion between one or both phalangeal joints

called also claw toe

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