This condition refers to a visible “curling” of the toes. One toe can be affected of several. Initially the curling will be reducible by hand but it can progress to a permanent curling at the joint of the toes which will cause pain when wearing narrow shoes. The most effective treatment for this condition is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed in the office under local anesthesia. The precise procedure will depend greatly on the severity of the hammer toe. Regardless, patients can ambulate immediately after the procedure.