Hammer and Claw Toes

Hammer and Claw Toes have the appearance of toes being bent into an odd position, mostly occurring in the four smaller toes. This can result in pain and may also cause problems with footwear.

Hammer toes occur when the middle toe joint bends or curls towards the floor rather than pointing straight. Hammer toes can be present at birth however they normally develop over time and can be the result of arthritis or ill-fitting footwear (tight and pointed heals), high arches, toe injury, pressure from a bunion or tightened ligaments or tendons.

Claw toes affect the four small toes at the same time, bending up at the joint where the toes and foot meet and down at the middle joint, causing the toes to curl down towards the ground. Claw toes can create painful calluses and may get worse without treatment. Claw toe may be the result of nerve damage which causes the muscles in the foot to weaken. This can get worse over time without treatment.

If you are concerned about Hammer or Claw Toe please see a Podiatry specialist.

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