Toe Deformity Treatment

Treatment for claw toes and hammertoes depends on the severity of the deformity. When the toes first start to buckle, they can be straightened easily. If flatfeet cause the condition, a podiatrist can fit the patient for custom-molded orthotics that provide better arch support and help the muscles work together. In these cases, the prognosis is good.

Without treatment, the soft tissue structures that attach to claw toes and hammertoes begin to tighten. Adhesions gradually form from the tendons to the joint capsules, causing a rigid deformity. Surgery is necessary in these cases.

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

Published: 31 Dec 1999

Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015