What are claw toes?

Contracted Toes. A claw toe is when the toes #2, 3, 4 or 5 are plantar flexed. Which means contracted towards the floor. A claw toe is a hammertoe and a mallet toe combined. A hammertoe is a bend in the toe at the 1st joint in the toe, when the second joint (the one near the toenail) is also bent (the mallet part) it is known as a claw toe. An internet search for clawtoe diagram, will make it clear.
See below. They are the buckling of the distal toe joint downward;.
A type of hammertoe. 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.
Several causes. A clawtoe is an abnormal contracture or a bending of the toe joints which results from a muscle or tendon imbalance due to the mechanical and structural changes in the foot that may occur over time. This can be hereditary or due to environmental factors such as tight shoes. This abnormal bending can lead to abnormal pressure distribution resulting in pain, swelling, blistering, and corns.

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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...
See below. The toe has 2 joints the proximal interphalngeal joint and the distal interphalangeal joint. Claw toe is when there is a bending down of the toe at the distal joint. Read more...
Several causes. A clawtoe is an abnormal contracture or a bending of the toe joints which results from a muscle or tendon imbalance due to the mechanical and structural changes in the foot that may occur over time. This can be hereditary or due to environmental factors such as tight shoes. This abnormal bending can lead to abnormal pressure distribution resulting in pain, swelling, blistering, and corns. Read more...
A contracted toe. A claw toe is when your toe is bent or flexed at both joints. It may be "fixed" which means you cannot straighten it or it may be flexible. It usually leads to pain at the tip of the toe or top of the "knuckle". Due to excessive pressure a corn or callous may develop causing increased pain. It is often caused by a tendon imbalance. It is often corrected with surgery if it is painful. Read more...

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...
Hammertoe. In a nutshell it is a muscle imbalance , but there is certainly a lot more . See your podiatrist for an evaluation and complete picture. Read more...
A contracted toe. A hammertoe is an contracture or a bending of the toe joint which results from a muscle or tendon imbalance due to the mechanical or structural changes in the foot. This can be hereditary or due to environmental factors such as tight shoes. This bending can lead to abnormal pressure distribution resulting in pain, swelling, blistering, and corns. Treatment can be conservative or surgical. Read more...

What are the symptoms of claw toe?

Clawtoe. Pain and pressure on the distal tip of the toe as well as shoe pressure on the distal joint when walking. Read more...
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...
Several possible. A clawtoe is an abnormal contracture or a bending of the toe joints which results from a muscle or tendon imbalance due to the mechanical and structural changes in the foot that may occur over time. This can be hereditary or due to environmental factors such as tight shoes. This abnormal bending can lead to abnormal pressure distribution resulting in pain, swelling, blistering, and corns. Read more...

Why do people get claw toes?

Let me explian. The muscles that control your toes get out of balance and cause the toe to bend into an odd position at one or more joints. These toe problems almost always happen in the four smaller toes, not the big toe. Read more...
Claw toes. It usually due to compensation in your foot. Typically you might have a tight calf muscle and the muscle in front of your leg are trying to flex your ankle against a tight calf muscle. So with the constant over pulling the toes start to curl up this creating a claw toe. Read more...
Type of hammertoe. 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...
Several causes. A clawtoe is an abnormal contracture or a bending of the toe joints which results from a muscle or tendon imbalance due to the mechanical and structural changes in the foot that may occur over time. This can be hereditary or due to environmental factors such as tight shoes. This abnormal bending can lead to abnormal pressure distribution resulting in pain, swelling, blistering, and corns. Read more...

Can you tell me anything about claw toes?

They are toes. That flex at both joints in the toes. They can be fixed through surgery. Read more...
Several causes. A clawtoe is an abnormal contracture or a bending of the toe joints which results from a muscle or tendon imbalance due to the mechanical and structural changes in the foot that may occur over time. This can be hereditary or due to environmental factors such as tight shoes. This abnormal bending can lead to abnormal pressure distribution resulting in pain, swelling, blistering, and corns. Read more...

How to tell if you have claw toes or something else?

Read below. Claw toes are hammertoes that are also contracted at the joints behind the toes. Hammetoes are contracted toe at the middle area of the toes themselves. Usually claw toes will affect all of the lesser toes, while hammertoes can be 1 or more toes. If you have pain, this may be due to a neuroma or some other problem to the area. See your podiatrist for help with this condition. Read more...
Type of hammertoe. People can get claw toes--a type of hammertoe--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. Read more...
Several causes. A clawtoe is an abnormal contracture or a bending of the toe joints which results from a muscle or tendon imbalance due to the mechanical and structural changes in the foot that may occur over time. This can be hereditary or due to environmental factors such as tight shoes. This abnormal bending can lead to abnormal pressure distribution resulting in pain, swelling, blistering, and corns. Read more...

Will claw toes give you nail problems?

May be yes? Nail problems is not part of the clawing of the toes, the directions the toe take and the abnormal pressure apply to nail could cause nail problems? Read more...
Yes. A claw toe deformity can cause increased pressure on the nail when walking and/or wearing shoes because of the altered position of the toe. Read more...
It can. Toe contractures can cause the nails to be more likely to be exposed to trauma leading to possible nail damage and increased risk of nail infection. Read more...
They can. . Since claw toes force you to walk on the tip of your toe instead of the pad where you're supposed to bear weight, it puts pressure on the nail and can cause thickening or other changes to the nail shape. Read more...

What are the causes of hammer toe/claw toe?

Irritation . Tightness of the tedons to the toes and rubbing and irritation to the joints cause the joints to enlarge and the toe will contract and not straighten causing a hammer toe. Read more...
A couple. Hereditary or genetic is one. When the flexor tendons (the ones on the bottom of the toe) over power the ones on the top of the foot the net effect will be a hammering or clawing of the digits. Read more...
Multifactorial. A hammertoe is an abnormal contracture or a bending of the toe joint which results from a muscle or tendon imbalance due to the mechanical and structural changes in the foot that may occur over time. This can be hereditary or due to environmental factors such as tight shoes. Read more...
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...

My 10 year old celiac son has claw toes, I have referral to rch, will he have to have his toes broken?

In the future. I would recommend waiting untill he is older and his bones are more developed before considering surgical correction. In the meantime i would try and keep him comfortable. Read more...
Not necessarily . First off, surgery is only indicated when someone has pain. Many people have claw toes or hammertoes and do just fine. Secondly, the toes aren't exactly broken persay when a surgery is performed, usually a small piece of bone is removed or 2 bones are placed together to help keep them straight. On occasion if the deformity is very flexible a small incision is made to cut tendon to help realign toe. Read more...
Broken?? Yikes! i never use the term "broken" to describe bone surgery. :) a surgeon may realign the bones to straighten the toe, but only when he is older, or if he is having skin complications or daily pain due to the deformity. Conservative padding and strapping may be his best bet for now. If he does require surgery later, it's a very controlled procedure. No "breaking" involved! Read more...
Options. Treatment options for the management of hammertoes include conservative and surgical management. Conservative management options include use of orthotic devices, change in shoe wear, medications such as oral no-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids), steroid injections, padding of corns and calluses, and splinting and strapping. Read more...