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Foot pain is one of the most common and painful conditions. Dr. Aakruti Bhalja is an expert in Hammer Toe Surgery. If a hammer toe is ruining your life, Dr Bhalja will obtain x-rays to decide the severity of the hammer toes, review the surgical options to reduce pain and deformity. She will also discuss recovery time, return to work and activity.

Dr. Bhalja is a highly reviewed hammertoe specialist in Manhattan.

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A hammertoe is a claw-like appearance of one or multiple toes. This is a common deformity that forms due to the contraction of the toe joint. Tendons and muscles in the toes cause irregular pressure against the bone of the toe, causing it to bend into a claw-like appearance. There are different types of hammertoes, some rigid and some flexible. Hammertoes are often painful during walking and form painful corns and calluses.


It is not your fault! Hammertoes are often caused by an inherited type of type or stance, such as flat feet or high arches. Women are also prone to this condition possibly due to the shoes worn. Also, hammertoe can happen in people with poor circulation due to diabetes. Injury and arthritis can also cause hammertoes.

Corns or calluses can be a symptom of a bunion!!!

Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University
Doctorate Degree from New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Member of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery


  • Toe pain with walking
  • Corns and calluses on toes
  • Toe joints are swollen
  • 2nd, 3rd, and/or 4th toes are curled in, pointing downward
  • Open sores, inflammation, redness
  • Dr. Bhalja, our expert foot surgeon, will evaluate your foot and give you a definite diagnosis.


What can be done to prevent a hammertoe from getting worse?
Buy shoes at the end of the day as the feet swell more and will get a better sense of fit. Also buy shoes with good arch support. Avoid pointy or narrow toe shoes. Orthotics can help hammertoes from worsening.
When should surgery be considered?
When pain from the hammertoes is interfering with daily activities you shoulder speak with a Foot Surgeon.
Is Hammertoe Surgery painful?
Some pain is expected in the first 1-5 days that is often easily manageable with medication.
How long is recovery after surgery?
Most patient have a rapid recovery, walking the same day with a special shoe. Healing takes about 2-6 weeks. Factors that influence recovery include type of foot deformity, severity of deformity, your age and health, compliance with surgery post-operative course.
Is Hammertoe Surgery covered by insurance?
Yes, most hammertoe surgery is covered by insurance.


If conservative non-surgical measures have failed to control pain and deformity, then surgical correction is indicated.

Conservative treatments include:

  • Orthotics
  • Toe Sleeves
  • Toe Strapping
  • Oral Anti-inflammatory medication and Injections
What are the Risks Of Hammertoe Surgery?
Every surgery has risks. It is important to review the risks and benefits of any surgical intervention with your surgeon. Some possible risks include post-surgical pain, infection, delayed wound healing, recurrent deformity, nerve injury, or loss of fixation.

Wearing a shoe with a wide and deep toe box can reduce pain from hammertoes!

Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University
Doctorate Degree from New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Member of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery



The information on this website is to provide general information. The information on this website does NOT reflect definitive medical advice and self-diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. It is important to consult a physician for a consultation and examination regarding ANY and ALL symptoms or signs you may be having. An accurate diagnosis and treatment plan should only be made by your physician in order to exclude a serious condition.

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