Conditions and Treatments
There are three deformities of the toe that are somewhat similar however they are distinct in that they affect different toe joints. These deformities are as follows: Claw Toe, Hammer Toe, and Mallet Toe.
Here we will discuss the Claw Toe deformity. With this deformity the middle and end toe joints are contracted (tightened) by ligaments and tendons that have tightened. This results in the affected toe/toes being pulled downward. This condition may occur in any single toe or in multiple toes. The Claw Toe deformity may be classified as either flexible (the toe/toes may be straightened out manually) or rigid (the toe/toes are in a rigid/fixed position).
Possible Causes of Claw Toes
Symptoms of Claw Toes
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Possible Solutions for Claw Toes
We at Seliga Shoes believe that wearing shoes that are too tight will inhibit the natural motion of the foot and may potentially lead to foot deformities. Proper range of motion combined with proper arch support will help to optimize the health and the biomechanics of the entire foot. An appropriate shoe for this condition would be a shoe with a higher, roomier toe box. This type of shoe will take the pressure off of the toe joint(s).
Individuals have shared with us that they have experienced significant relief after wearing clogs, sandals, and shoes that provided their feet with a more functional arch support. As a matter of fact, many people notice almost instant relief once they have slipped on a pair of shoes that provide the proper arch support and allow for the proper range of motion of the foot.