Claw toe


Claw foot is a deformity of the foot manifesting with the joint of the toe that is closest to the ankle is bent upward, and the other joints are bent downward.

The toe looks like a claw.

There is dorsiflexion of the proximal phalanx on the lesser metatarsophalangeal joint, combined with flexion of both the proximal and distal interphalangeal joints.

Claw toe can affect the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes.

It may congenital or acquired.

The cause is unknown in many cases, but may be caused by a nerve problem in the legs or a spinal cord problem.

Claw toes are not harmful in themselves, but they may be the first sign of a more serious disease of the nervous system.

Claw toes may cause pain.

Claw toes may lead to callus formation on the top of the toe over the first joint.

It may create problems fitting into shoes,and may require special footwear.

Changing to better-fitting footwear, avoiding high heels and tight shoes is the management.

Stretching the toes and toe joints, and shoe inserts may help.

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