If you have a mild form of hammer toes, there are conservative measures you can take to reduce pain and continue being active. You should get new shoes that are wide enough and long enough to accommodate your foot. You may need a small splint, padding, or tape to hold the toe in the right position and change the muscle imbalance. Custom shoe inserts (orthotics) can also be helpful. The pain can be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil and Aleve, or with cortisone injections in Dr. K's office.