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.
Flexion of the toe . Claw toes are usually due to neurologic causes. They consistent of abnormal flexion of the toe at the first two joints and extension ( bending up) at the ball of the foot.
Deformity of the toe. Your toes are bent upward (extension) from the joints at the ball of the foot. Your toes are bent downward (flexion) at the middle joints toward the sole of your shoe. Sometimes your toes also bend downward at the top joints, curling under the foot. Corns may develop over the top of the toe or under the ball of the foot.

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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...

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

No. Clawing usually from joint deformity you have to striating the joint somehow, one of them to break the clawing by taking part of the bone. Read more...
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...
Surgically cut. An incision is made overlying the contracted joint. The soft tissue attachments are released exposing the joint. The joint may be left separated or fusion of the ends may be attempted. For fusion, the cartilaginous ends of the bone are removed and the ends are approximated and stabilized via a wire, screw, pin, or implant. The contracted tendons may need to be cut or lengthened. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Yes but depends... On severity and your candidacy for other procedures, . Read more...
Different options. Although an amputation is an option, you have other choices. An experienced surgeon can re-align the contracted toe. Read more...
Absolutely. realignment of the bones with fusion and repair of soft tissues can correct this imbalanced toe. See a foot surgeon. Read more...

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

12 weeks and >. It depends on the surgery, if pins are placed etc. Typically at the 4th week physical therapy may be prescribed, but expect at least 12 weeks for swelling to decrease. Discuss with your surgeon. Read more...
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...
Recovery times vary. The healing rates can vary depending on the individual and on the exact type of procedure performed. Generally it may take more or less 6 to 8 weeks. Discuss the recovery time with your surgeon who will be performing your surgery. Read more...

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...
Yes. You may be able to find the answer by going to the website for the american college of foot and ankle surgeons or the site for the american board of podiatric surgery. Read more...
No. There are no official guidelines. Conservative treatments include splinting and shoes that accomodate the deformity. More severe or painful deformities may benefit from surgery but there are no defined guidelines. Read more...
Yes surgery. If your toe is painful , protective pads or surgery may be indicated. Consult a podiatrist. Read more...