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What are treatments for hammer toe, mallet toe, and claw toe?

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If you can still flex your toe, your doctor may suggest exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles. They include scrunching a towel and picking things up off the floor with your toes.

Wearing roomy shoes can also help. They should be at least a half-inch longer than the big toe. Your doctor may recommend wearing shoe inserts or pads to relieve some of the pressure.

Over time, the bend in your toe may become permanent and rigid. These cases are more serious. You may need surgery.

From: What's Wrong With My Toe? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Journal of Orthopaedic Research : "The Role of the Great Toe in Balance Research."

Journal of Experimental Biology : "Walking, Running, and the Evolution of Short Toes in Humans."

American Orthopaedic Food & Ankle Society: "Conditions."

Mayo Clinic: "Hammertoe and Mallet Toe," "Broken Toe."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Claw Toe."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "Foot Health."

University of Wisconsin-Madison Sports Medicine Clinic: "Turf Toe."

University of Utah Orthopaedic Health Library: "Bone Bruise."

Arthritis Foundation: "Gout Treatment."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on June 05, 2017

SOURCES:

Journal of Orthopaedic Research : "The Role of the Great Toe in Balance Research."

Journal of Experimental Biology : "Walking, Running, and the Evolution of Short Toes in Humans."

American Orthopaedic Food & Ankle Society: "Conditions."

Mayo Clinic: "Hammertoe and Mallet Toe," "Broken Toe."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Claw Toe."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "Foot Health."

University of Wisconsin-Madison Sports Medicine Clinic: "Turf Toe."

University of Utah Orthopaedic Health Library: "Bone Bruise."

Arthritis Foundation: "Gout Treatment."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on June 05, 2017

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