What Causes Claw Toes and the treatment

A person is said to be suffering from claw toes if his toe is contracted in the middle and end joints. This can lead to severe pain and pressure — the result of tightening ligaments and tendons that wrinkle the joints of the toe. Except for big toe, other toes can be deformed in the clutch toe.

Description / Types of claw toes

A clawed toe is a toe that is contracted at the joints of the PIP and DIP (the middle and end joints of the toe) and can lead to pressure and pain. Laces and tendons that have narrowed over time cause the toe joints to bend downwards. There is often an annoyance at the top of the toe rubbed on the shoe and at the end of the toe is pressed down the shoe. This pressure zone can cause an increase in the skin called corn. 

Based on the movement of the joints of the toes, claw toes are graded flexibly. They are widely classified as flexible and rigid. In the case of a flexible claw toe, the joint can move and can be manually adjusted.

Those with a rigid clutch toe, cannot move the toe. Pain caused. Sometimes, the toe’s movement is completely restricted and leads to pressure on the football. The painful tissue may cause corn because of a mechanism called the plantar retrograde grade. This is when the toes are constricted while at the same time pressing the football more forcefully on the ground.

Cause of claw toes

Most people think that the toe claw is a foot deformity caused by wearing shoes that press on the toes. Wear tight shoes can make the toes muscles unbalanced. Over some time, a malfunction can be surgically repaired only. Shoes with short or high heels may be worn over time. Tumors that drive the second toe are another common cause.

The best treatment for claw toes

The clawed toe gets worse without treatment and may become permanently deformed over time. The best treatment for claw toes is most likely to relax the actual feet and get rid of extreme treading. Smaller, wider, or even flip-flops, which tend to be collectively smaller, may reduce this and reduce the actual situation. The normal use of shoes that the feet are not sure of collectively can give long-term relief.


There are several types of claw toe treatment, including surgery. The most effective treatment seems to be to change the type of shoe worn in the absence of severe medical conditions. Some foot and toe problems arise from the type of shoe you choose. Make sure that the toe area (toe box) is wide and high enough space to accommodate the toes. Wider shoes will reduce the friction and pressure against the toes.


There are many forefoot products designed to relieve claw toes, hammertoe facades, and toe tops. These products ease pain by pressing the claw toe. You can also apply gel toe pads or condoms from the soles of the feet to marginalize the friction between the toe and shoes, and provide cushion and ease the pain of the claw toe.

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