Hammer, Mallet and Claw toes are all small toe deformities that can occur in the feet. They bend at different joints into odd positions causing pressure points. This leads to corns and calluses forming. It is common to feel that your toes are stiff and over time may not be able to be straightened out.
What causes small toe deformities?
- Ill-fitting shoes
- Longer 2nd toe
- High arched feet
- Joint disease
So, which one do I have?
The picture below points out the key features of each deformity. Still not sure? Ask your PoshPod podiatrist.
What are my treatment options?
- Accommodate & Cushion
- Choose shoes with wide, soft toe boxes. The Athlete’s Foot has some great options available
- Prevent rubbing on high pressure areas with padding, toe sleeves and even orthotics
- See PoshPod for the treatment of corns and calluses
- Move it so you don’t loose it
- Taping and splints hold the toe in a normal position
- Keep the toes strong and flexible with exercises
- Towel curls
- Lay a towel out on the floor
- Try to draw the towel towards you by scrunching your toes
- Keep the heel in contact with the ground at all times
- Complete 10-15 repetitions on each foot
- Marble pick ups
- Similar to towel curls with marbles
- Place the marbles into a bowel with your toes
- Increase the number and size of the marbles to make this exercise more challenging
- Towel curls
- Mobilise them by gently pulling on your toes to stretch the bent joint
- In general surgery is only needed for severe toe problems
- Chat to your PoshPod podiatrist to see if this is a necessary option for you
Don’t let your little toes give you problems. Visit PoshPod today. Book online by heading to www.poshpod.com.au.
Words from one our great podiatrists