Why do my toes look scrunched up?

There are a couple of conditions that may be occurring. Hammertoe and mallet toe are two common abnormalities that result in toes changing shape. Aside from looking odd and not lying flat, they can also be painful.                                            

Both deformities can be caused by a muscle imbalance that forces the toe out of its normal position. The most common factor involved is wearing shoes with tight, narrow toe boxes or high heels. Toe muscles and tendons can contract, shorten, and pull on the toes while wearing them, and the “scrunched” up toes may not be able to straighten even when shoes are off.  With hammertoe, the toe curls up at the middle joint, and with mallet toe, the joint nearest the toenail is affected.

Early treatment is crucial with these types of deformities as they can become fixed and more painful when left alone. Contact Dr. Harvey Danciger for treatment as soon as you see signs of your toes changing in appearance.

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