Hammertoes don't hurt - will they?
Since I was born, I've had bent-up hammertoes (all of my toes, including the big one) and they don't hurt but I've been reading about the condition, and it sounds like they may start to as I age. As far as I know, I didn't wear ill-fitting shoes as a kid, and my dad's feet look just like mine. They make it hard to fit into some shoes, but other than that I don't really mind it. If there's a simple, non-surgical way to straighten them out, I'd be interested to hear about it.
Everything I read tells me my feet must hurt and that it's the direct cause of wearing unhealthy shoes (which I don't really do). I never have talked about it with my doctor because it doesn't bother me, and no doctor has ever brought it up to me. I'm a big proponent of the "if it's not broken, don't fix it," approach to health, so I'd rather leave well enough alone if I really am "well enough."