People often blame high-heeled and too-short shoes that pinch the toes for claw toe, a common foot deformity. However, claw toe also occurs as a result of nerve damage, often caused by diseases that weaken the muscles in your foot, such as diabetes and alcoholism. Having claw toes means that your toes are shaped like "claws" digging down on the soles of your shoes, causing painful calluses (stiffness). When Claw toe is left untreated, it becomes a very bad condition and can turn into a permanent deformity over time.
- Foot > your toes bend upwards from the metatarsal joints. (extension=stretching).
- Your toes bend from their middle joints downwards towards the sole of your shoe. (flexion = bending)
- Sometimes, your toetoes bend under the foot, downwards from the last joints.
- The top of your toe You may develop calluses on or under your toe.
If you have claw toe, see your doctor for evaluation. You may need definitive tests to rule out neurological disorders that create imbalances that weaken your muscles and bend your fingers. Trauma and inflammation can also cause claw fingerdeformity.
claw fingers are mostly flexible at first. , but as time progresses, they solidify where they settle. If you have a claw toe in the early stages; A splint may be recommended to keep your toes in the correct position. Additional advice:
- Wear soft shoes with wide forefoot and avoid tight, high-heeled shoes.
- Using your hands, move your toes and toe joints back into their normal positions.
- Use your toes to pick up marbles or crumple a towel stretched flat on the floor.
If you have a claw toe at a later stage If you have and toesare in a fixed position:
- A special pad (protective pad); It can redistribute your body weight to the necessary areas and relieve pressure on your foot
- Special “depth” inside the ball of the foot that provides an extra 3/8 inch of depth. (in depth) try on shoes.
- Ask a cobbler if he can put a small pocket in the forefoot to accommodate the existing deformity to lengthen the shoe.
If these treatments do not help, you will need surgery to correct the problem.