The symptoms of
hammer, claw, and mallet toes are deformity of the
toe, pain, and difficulty fitting into shoes. These toe joint deformities are
usually easy to see by looking at the toes and comparing them to pictures of
See pictures of
hammer, claw, and mallet toes .
Hammer and mallet toes usually occur
in your longest toe. This is usually your second toe, next to the big toe. Claw
toe usually affects the lesser toes (those other than the big toe) at the same
time. Mallet and claw toes may cause deformed toenails.
claw, and mallet toes usually develop slowly, over years.
calluses, or corns may occur at the:
- Upper part of the toe, where the raised joint
rubs against your footwear.
- Tip of the toe. This almost always
occurs with mallet or claw toes, and often occurs with hammer
- Ball of the foot, which is the area of the bottom of the foot,
between the arch and the toes.
Sores can become infected and lead to
osteomyelitis, especially if you have
peripheral arterial disease.