From time to time, my 3rd, 4th, and 5th toes will curl under without my control, almost as if trying to make a fist. It is painful like a cramp and I have to remove my shoe and massage the area vigorously to get it to loosen. Is this consistent with hammertoes?
No, this is not consistent with hammertoes. Some hammertoes are so deformed that they will curl, but it is a constant curl. To me, it sounds like you are experiencing night cramps even though you do not mention when this happens. Read my section on night cramps and see if this does not sound like your problem. Good luck. Marc Mitnick DPM