If your toes appear curled under, or you have "curly toes" then you may have hammer toes.  Hammer toes are actually hereditary and derive from an imbalance in the intrinsic muscles of your toes.  It can be aggravated by shoe gear and start out flexible and can become rigid over time. If you think you have hammer toes, make an appointment with one of our doctors to find out how to reduce pain from hammer toes, how to prevent worsening symptoms, and how to treat hammer toes.