People often blame the common foot deformity claw toe on wearing shoes that squeeze your toes however it is often the result of nerve damage caused by diseases like diabetes or alcoholism, which can weaken the muscles in your foot. Having a claw toe is when your toes “claw”, the bending down of the toe into the soles of your shoes, creating painful calluses in the process.

Claw toe illustration

Treatments for Claw Toe

Associated deformities are usually flexible at first, but without treatment
they can harden to become a permanent deformity. If diagnosed in the earlier stages, treatment may include a splint or tape to hold your toes in correct position.

In later stages hen the toes are fixed in position, custom orthodics can be used to redistribute your weight to the ball of your foot.