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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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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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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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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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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?

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?

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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