Definition: a claw-like deformity of a toe, usually the second or third, in which there is flexion of the second and third interphalangeal joints
Medical term: deformity of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the toe
Hammertoe is a contracture of the little joints (interphalangeal joints) of the toes and is common in the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes. The claw-like deformity can cause abnormal pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop.
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