Is there a difference between claw toe and hammertoe?

These toe deformities are similar in the way they appear and symptoms they cause. They are typically caused by a muscle imbalance in the foot that causes the toes to curl, with ill-fitting shoes being another risk factor.

There are some subtle differences. A hammertoe often affects the second toe; the toe curls down at the middle joint, resulting in a curled or hammer-like appearance. A claw toe on the other hand, often affects the four smaller toes at one time. With this deformity, the toe curls up at the joint nearest the foot and down at the middle and end joints. This makes the toe have a claw-like appearance.

Both of these deformities can cause pressure on the toes when wearing shoes. Corns can develop on the tops of toes, and over time toes can become rigid and fixed without the right treatment. Please contact Dr. Harvey Danciger for timely and effective treatment if you are suffering from any of these conditions. Call our office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment today.    

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle