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What happens if one or more of your toes are crooked or curled under?

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If one or more of your toes are crooked or curled under, you may have hammer, mallet, or claw toe. Your foot has a strange shape because the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that surround your toe aren't balanced. This causes the toes to bend in an odd position.

Your toe may hurt. It's also common to develop a corn or callus because the joint rubs the inside of your shoe.

Each condition has its own distinctive look:

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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