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What are the symptoms of claw toe?

What are the symptoms of claw toe?

Pain/shoe irritation: Claw toes are the contracture of both joints in a toe. Symptoms can include the top of the toe rubbing in the shoe and/or the tip of the toe becoming painful or callusing due to abnormal pressure. Padding can be helpful, but surgery may be necessary depending on severity of symptom/problem. Foothealthfacts.Org. Dr l. ...Read more

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Claw Toe (Definition)

There are three joints in each toe 2 thru 5. The joints are; MPJ, PIP J, and the DI PJ. A claw toe is a fixed contraction at the DIPJ. The MPJ (metatarsal phalangeal joint) is the joints close to the ball of the foot at the base of the toe. The joint at the middle of the toe is the PIPJ (proximal interphalangeal joint), The joint toward the end of the toe is the ...Read more


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What sort of disease is a claw toe?

What sort of disease is a claw toe?

Contracted toes: Claw toe is a buckling of the toe(s). The toe is in a "c" shape. Sometimes it can be flexible(you can straighten it out). Other times it can be rigid(won't straighten out). This is a structural deformity. Conservative care consists a taller toebox shoe. Some padding can help with symptoms. Usually surgical straightening is needed if conservative care is not successful. Dr l. ...Read more

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Do you have to break toes to fix a claw toe?

Do you have to break toes to fix a claw toe?

Usually bone removal: If the toe is symptomatic, the surgery to straighten the toe will help. This usually involves removing a small portion of the toe to unbuckle the toe. Dr l. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Claw toe?

What is the definition or description of: Claw toe?

Contraction of toe: There are three joints in each toe 2 thru 5. The joints are; MPJ, PIP J, and the DI PJ. A claw toe is a fixed contraction at the DIPJ. The MPJ (metatarsal phalangeal joint) is the joints close to the ball of the foot at the base of the toe. The joint at the middle of the toe is the PIPJ (proximal interphalangeal joint), The joint toward the end of the toe is the DIPJ (distal interphalangeal joint) ...Read more

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I've heard different things. What exactly is claw toe?

I've heard different things. What exactly is claw toe?

Contracture: Each of the smaller toes in your foot has two joints (or knuckles). They are the proximal interphalangeal joint (this is the one closest the main part of the foot) and the distal interphalangeal joint (closest to the end of the toe). When both of these joints are contracted, you have a claw toe. ...Read more

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What are the causes of hammer toe/claw toe?

What are the causes of hammer toe/claw toe?

Bent toe.: People can get hammertoes several different ways, including just an unlucky roll of the genetic dice, but the fundamental result is usually the same: a toe that has drawn back and no longer sits straight or "flat". Sometimes it's only a tendon that holds the toe in that position, other times there's arthritis involved: these tend to be more rigid, and require surgery if you want them corrected. ...Read more

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Are there other options besides amputation for a claw toe?

Are there other options besides amputation for a claw toe?

Yes: Most people would choose to correct it. Amputation is reserved for low demand patients who want a short healing time and do not want to deal with the recovery process of hammertoe/claw toe surgery. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from claw toe operations?

How long does it take to recover from claw toe operations?

Varies: Ask your surgeon. Typically patients are immobilized in a fracture boot for up to 6 wks and may be kept non or partial weight bearing. ...Read more

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Are there treatment guidelines for claw toe?

Are there treatment guidelines for claw toe?

Yes: Claw toes or hammertoes are deformities of the toes due to an imbalance of muscles and tendons of the foot. Initially symptoms may be mild and the contracture of the toe is flexible. If left untreated the deformity can progress to a fixed deformity that is stiff and inflexible. Surgery often involved arthroplasty (removal of the joint) or fusion (arthrodesis) of the joint. ...Read more

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I've got severe claw toe and doctors want to amputate, opinions?

I've got severe claw toe and doctors want to amputate, opinions?

Is it infected?: There must be some reason why they want to do this? If there is no infection or something your leaving out there is usually a way to fix a claw toe without amputating. Ask what your altrnatives are. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes hammer toe/claw toe?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes hammer toe/claw toe?

Few reasons: But a simple explanation is when the flexor tendons become stronger than the extensor tendons. ...Read more

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I have severe claw toe, doctors want to amputate it. Is this necessary?

I have severe claw toe, doctors want to amputate it. Is this necessary?

Different options.: Although an amputation is an option, you have other choices. Amputating the second toe will more than likely cause a bunion deformity to increase. An experienced surgeon can correct the bunion and re-align the contracted toe. ...Read more

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Can wearing really tight shoes cause you to have claw toe?

Can wearing really tight shoes cause you to have claw toe?

Possibly: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Can the nerve damage in my foot be causing my claw toe?

Can the nerve damage in my foot be causing my claw toe?

Probably: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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What effect would posterior tendon release in big toe have on gait? Ii have claw toe due to nerve damage from laminectomy

What effect would posterior tendon release in big toe have on gait?  Ii have claw toe due to nerve damage from laminectomy

Improvement: The posterior tibial tendon causes the foot and ankle to turn in (inversion). Release of the posterior tibial tendon allows the arch of the foot to flatten, decreases ankle/foot inversion (turning in), and allows turning out (eversion). It would improve the rocker motion of the foot during gait. It may not effect a claw toe deformity unless the toe (flexor hallucis) tendons are also released. ...Read more

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Injured arch & began walking on outside edge of my foot for five weeks. Foot changed shape, pinkie became a bit claw toe.Reversible by stretching?

Injured arch & began walking on outside edge of my foot for five weeks. Foot changed shape, pinkie became a bit claw toe.Reversible by stretching?

Compensation.: You are exhibiting a phenomena called "compensation". You are under using certain parts of your body while, at the same time, over using others. This can be quite damaging if allowed to continue. An immediate exam and evaluation is necessary to determine just what was injured and how to return it to normal function. In short, your biomechanics are off. ...Read more

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Injured my arch & started walking on the outside of my foot for five weeks. Foot changed shape, pinkie became a bit claw toe.Reversible by stretching?

Injured my arch & started walking on the outside of my foot for five weeks. Foot changed shape, pinkie became a bit claw toe.Reversible by stretching?

Shape shifter.: An injured foot causing you to compensate for five weeks needs to be examined. Unclear as to why you started to walk on the outside of your foot. Was it from pain of structural problem. Either way an exam and evaluation is necessary. ...Read more

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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more