A rigid hammertoe is fixed; you can no longer straighten the buckled joint with your hand. Corns, irritation, pain, and loss of function may be more severe for rigid hammertoes than for flexible ones.

Treatment: Arthroplasty.
A portion of the joint is surgically removed and the toe is straightened. The “gap” fills in with fibrous tissue.

Follow-up Care:
You can bear weight immediately, but may need to wear a wooden shoe for a few weeks as the toe heals.

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