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Please explain if it is proven that loose shoes cause clawed toes?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not sure if there

Is such a study. Genetics plays a role as does imbalance of tendons.
If shoes are too big the toes may flex early to try and grab the shoe...So intuitively it may contribute.

In brief: Not sure if there

Is such a study. Genetics plays a role as does imbalance of tendons.
If shoes are too big the toes may flex early to try and grab the shoe...So intuitively it may contribute.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Marc Tressler
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not physiologic

No direct relation between claw toes and loose shoes.
Claw toes are caused by chronic overuse of the toe extensors to aid in ankle dorsiflexion. This results in anterior leg compartment muscle hypertrophy, which results in the chronic over pull of these tendons. As a result, drawing up of the toes, or clawing occurs.

In brief: Not physiologic

No direct relation between claw toes and loose shoes.
Claw toes are caused by chronic overuse of the toe extensors to aid in ankle dorsiflexion. This results in anterior leg compartment muscle hypertrophy, which results in the chronic over pull of these tendons. As a result, drawing up of the toes, or clawing occurs.
Dr. Marc Tressler
Dr. Marc Tressler
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: May contribute.

Not proven, but it may be a contributing factor due to tendon overuse.

In brief: May contribute.

Not proven, but it may be a contributing factor due to tendon overuse.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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