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DO TIGHT SHOES CAUSE HAMMERTOES?

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No, hammertoes are due to complex changes in the relationship between the muscles that pull the toes upward, and those that pull the toe downward. This change occurs typically because of instability in one’s foot structure, from either too low of an arch or too high of an arch. Shoes cannot mold toes into this position, no matter how tight they are. Tight shoes will irritate hammertoes that already exist, however.