Claw toe is a common foot deformity in which the four smaller toes bend and curl up at the joint nearest to the foot. The toes then bend down at the middle and end joints, which is what gives the toe a claw-like appearance. Poor footwear and weakened muscles in the foot commonly contribute to this problem. They can cause a great deal of pain, as the toes rub against footwear and calluses and corns often develop. Claw toes start out flexible but can become rigid over time.
We make every effort to exhaust conservative treatment options before heading into discussion about surgery. If footwear modifications, physical therapy, special pads, taping, and splinting fail to improve your symptoms, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem and resolve your discomfort.
If you are at the beginning stages, allow us to help stop the progression of this deformity. If your toes are rigid and painful, we can tailor a treatment plan to help you find relief. Contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM for an appointment—you can reach our Palm Desert, CA office by calling (760) 568-0108.