Hammer, Claw & Mallet Toes
Common toe problems that are due to deformity are termed according to the joint affected and the subsequent clinical appearance of the deformed digit.
Hammer, claw and mallet toes are all caused by deformity of the toe joints. Hammer toe is caused when the middle joint bends downwards. Mallet toe occurs when the joint at the end flexes on a permanent basis and claw toe involves abnormal positions of all three joints in the toe.
Causes of toe deformities:
Toe deformities, including hammer, claw and mallet toes are caused by a range of genetic or developmental conditions as well as a resulting of footwear or poor foot posture. Injury to the bones or surrounding ligaments and tendons can also result in toe deformities due to the highly complex and intricate anatomy around our toes.
Symptoms of toe deformities:
The most obvious symptoms of hammer, claw and mallet toe is the abnormal toe position. Those experiencing these types of toe deformities will usually suffer from pain, corns and calluses and stiffness.
Diagnosing toe Ddformities:
Hammer, claw and mallet toe is usually diagnosed just on examination; an x-ray may be required to look at the bone structure if surgery is needed.
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