Toe Deformity Diagnosis

Physical examination and tests are used to diagnose toe deformities. The podiatrist measures flexibility, stability, and sensation in the toe during physical examination and checks for redness (erythema), swelling, and calluses.

Blood tests may be performed to rule out diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, underlying infection, and other conditions. X-rays may be used to determine the position of the toes and to detect arthritis, bone inflammation (osteomyelitis), and inflammation of the joint lining (synovitis).

Publication Review By: Hai-En Peng, D.P.M.

Published: 31 Dec 1999

Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015