Claw toe is normally caused by nerve damage from diseases like diabetes or alcoholism, which can weaken the muscles in your foot, according to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.
Having claw toe means your toes “claw,” digging down into the soles of your shoes and creating painful calluses. Claw toe worsens without treatment and may become a permanent deformity over time.
Common symptoms of claw toe include:
Toes bent upward from the joints at the ball of the foot
Toes bent downward at the middle joints toward the sole of your shoe
Corns on the top of the toe or under the ball of the foot
The expert doctors at Progressive Podiatry can repair your claw toes when they are detected early, though they can harden into place over time. A splint or tape is commonly used to hold your toes in the correct position.
Progressive Podiatry is an ideal choice for both prevention and treatments. To learn more about Progressive Podiatry, or to schedule a consultation with a specialist, please call (859) 331-2440.