DEAR DOCTOR K: Can hammertoe be reversed?
DEAR READER: The four smaller toes of your feet are composed of three small bones, connected by two joints. Hammertoe develops when tendons and ligaments -- the fibrous tissues that connect muscles and bones to one another -- contract. Instead of lying flat, the toes very slowly start to hump up. A bend develops in the joint between the first and second bones; the tip of the toe starts to curl up. The toe resembles a hammer, hence the name.