Claw toe

The claw toe is a distortion caused by a tendon dysfunction and can affect any toe. A particular morphology of the foot (toes too long) predisposes to this deformation that can be aggravated by the wearing of badly adapted shoes.

This distortion is due to an imbalance between the flexor tendons and the extensor tendons of the toe, which then tends to fold back into the form of a claw. The deformation causes significant compressive stresses on the joint ; the skin thickens and forms an outgrowth commonly called "horn" or "callus" which can be very painful.

Over time, the footwear and walking can become difficult, the joint can become strained and pain spread under the ball of the foot (metatarsalgia) ;

Before consultation, an X-ray should be performed. Inquire in advance is mandatory in order to perform the most suitable examination.

Treatment options

Medical treatment

To relieve pain, medical treatment may include the use of analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications, as well as the use of an orthopedic sole and / or flexible orthosis to protect the painful areas.

Pedicure treatments may temporarily relieve but do not correct the cause of the problem.

When the functional gene becomes too high, a surgical consultation should be considered to determine the most appropriate treatment for your case.

Surgical treatment

At the Bordeaux-Merignac Sport Clinic specialists in foot surgery can propose you different techniques for correction of the claw toe.