Other than surgery, the only effective hammer toes treatment is to find the cause and address it. In some cases, the deformity is too severe to be corrected without surgery. So, at the first sign of redness on the top of your toe , in the area around the joint, consult a podiatrist. Here's a look at what he or she may suggest. A hammertoe straightener is a special pad and strap device that pulls the toe straight. It is small enough to be worn with most kinds of shoes. Small over the counter pads or small cushions placed under the 2nd and 3rd toes for support will decrease discomfort. If you are on a really tight budget, and already have standard insoles, you can gain some relief by cutting out an aperture underneath the base of the big toe, which will help to ease the pressure when walking, although its best to purchase metatarsal pads, which are available for under $10. Lynco insoles with metatarsal pads will set you back around $60. Hammertoe is a bending of the toe, making it curl like the end of ahammer. It can occur in any toe other than the big toe but mostfrequently inflicts the second toe. Hammertoes can be flexible or, ifmore serious, rigid. What causes hammertoe? There are a number of home remedies for hammertoe. An obvious one is changing your shoes and wearing wide ones with resilient soles. Generally, avoid shoes with pointed toes. Mild cases of hammertoe can be remedied with felt pads or corn pads, which can be bought from the drug store. Toe caps, the small padded sleeves that fit around the tip of the toe , may provide relief from hammertoe pain. In case your hammertoe becomes too painful, apply an ice pack several times a day to relieve the swelling and soreness. One day you start to notice that your toes hurt. You don't know why. Maybe the shoes are too tight, don't fit right or the heel is too high. Or, if you participate in a high impact or running sport, your toes may be pushed and jammed to the front of your shoe, but whatever it is, you continue to ignore the pain and you keep running. No matter what you do-stretching, pulling on your toes, not wearing shoes-your toes still hurt! You may be on your way to permanently damaging your toes. You may be developing a "hammertoe"! Grenades and automatic weapons and although the roadblock crew was greatly outnumbered, the bullet fire did them no hurt because of the protection of the embankment. Staff Sergeant Leon D. Gantt finally decided that too many German potato-mashers were coming into the position and ordered his men to withdraw about 100 yards. At this the Germans turned their half-track around and ran for safety; they were apparently a reconnaissance element and had completed their mission by finding the American outpost. During the action the two tanks had done nothing although they were within 100 yards of the German column.