People with certain foot types, such as people with very high or low
arches, may develop bent toes. Toes that bend in an odd position at one or more
joints can cause pain and discomfort, especially while you are walking. This is
because your toe presses and rubs against your shoe.
Calluses or corns often develop from a bent toe
pressing and rubbing against shoes.
The most common cause of the big toe bending toward the second toe is
bunion. See an illustration of a
bunion. The little toe may bend in and under the
fourth toe because of a bump (bunionette or Tailor's bunion) on the joint at
the base of the little toe. See an illustration of a
bunionette. For more information, see the topic
Bunions in Related Information.
Toes, other than the big toe, that bend in an odd direction may
behammer toes, mallet toes, or claw toes. For more
information, see the topic Hammer, Claw, and Mallet Toes in Related
Poor walking mechanics, such as your
foot rolling in toward the arch (excessive pronation).
that doesn't fit properly.
Toe-joint deformities easily lead to irritated skin. People who have
diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and impaired immune systems are more
likely to develop complications from a foot infection when the skin of their
toes becomes irritated.
Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
October 27, 2008
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October 27, 2008
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