Dr. Peter Wishnie, a podiatrist in Piscataway and Hillsborough explains what are hammertoes and how they are treated. Often people think they have to have hammertoe surgery in order to fix the problem. However, there are hammertoe splints and shoes you could wear to make your foot more comfortable if you are not in any pain. People try to corect their hammertoes on their own but can just make the problem more serious. It is best to consult a doctor before you start performing "bathroom surgery" on yourself.