A hammer toe appears as a toe that is bent or curled downward.  It may be flexible and able to be easily straightened out with force, or it may be rigid and stay curled, even if you try to straighten it out with your fingers. Thickened skin on the top of the toes or on the bottom of the ball of the foot in the form of corns or calluses may also appear.  Due to the position of the toe, you may find it difficult to fit into shoes, and it may cause pain with certain activities.  In its early stages, you may not have any symptoms at all, but just notice the shape of your toes changing.  Make and appointment with our doctors at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle and we can help with a thorough exam, accurate diagnosis, and treatment plan.