Hammer toes, claw toes and mallet toes are forms of lesser toe deformity. Generally, lesser toe deformity affects the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th toes.
Symptomatic digital deformities can be most often treated using conservative means. However, surgical intervention can be sometimes necessary. The type of treatment needed can vary on the degree of deformity, location, severity of symptoms and associated medical conditions.
Conservative treatments might include:
- Padding or toe gadgets to deflect or cushion pressure points
- Orthotic devices with metatarsal pads or bars can be helpful to offload excessive pressures to the forefoot.
- Foot care with debridement. Our Chiropodist have extensive training using scalpels to remove (debridement) callus and corns that cause discomfort. Debridement is generally painless and effective way to reducing pain immediately.
How do I know if my toe deformities are symptomatic?
Signs of symptomatic toe deformities include, pain or discomfort at the toes. This can include pain on the tips of the toes, tops of toes or even in-between the toes. Other signs include callus or corns on the toes, or signs of irritation, such as redness and blistering at the toes.
Sometimes people might have issues such as ulcers or callus that they don’t feel because of conditions like neuropathy (loss of sensation). This can be a problem, and can lead to infection and amputation, in some cases, if not treated by a professional.
If you have toe deformities or a conditions like Diabetes or Rheumatoid Arthritis, its advised to speak with one of our Chiropodist. They will ensure that your toe deformities are not causing any serious problems and they will ensure prevent any further problems from occurring.