Deformed toes – curly toes, hammer toes

Why are my toes out of shape?

There are several ways in which the smaller toes can go out of shape. There are hammer toes, curly toes and mallet toes  deformities. There is a wide range of possible causes. They can be secondary to hallux valgus or to forefoot overload. The problem might arise due to an injury. Sometimes it can be related to a high arched foot and there are some conditions which run in families.

What problems can this cause?

When the toes are out of shape there can be pain from rubbing of the knuckle of the toe or the tip of the toe. There is quite commonly pain in the ball of the foot as well. When the toes are misshapen it can become difficult to find shoes that comfortably fit. 

What are the options for treatment?

For some people simple insoles or toe splints and spacers can be helpful. Our specialist podiatrists are able to advise about these treatments. For other patients surgery is the best way to treat the problem definitively.

Find out about surgery for lesser toe problems >

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