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Claw toes / Hammer toes

Claw toes and hammer toes are quite common. Crooked toes can lead to painful pressure points and corns. The difference between claw toes and hammer toes is that with hammer toes only the proximal or the distal interphalangeal joint is bent, or the proximal interphalangeal joint is bent with hyperextension of the distal interphalangeal joint. With claw toes there is strong hyperextension of the metatarsophalangeal joint with flexing of both interphalangeal joints. There is no contact between the tips of the toes and the floor.

How do claw toes / hammer toes develop?

Claw toes and hammer toes do not occur overnight. Closed shoes which are too tight are one of the main causes of these foot malalignments. After a certain amount of time has passed, the toes begin to contract more and more and require more upward room. The toes begin to press against the upper side of the shoe, causing corns and calluses to form. Neurological disease and accidental injuries can also be a reason for claw and hammer toes.

What can I do against claw toes / hammer toes?

Surgery is often unavoidable to treat claw toes and hammer toes. But in some cases suitable therapy can help avoid the necessity for surgery. Toe exercises, padding of the shoes and wearing wide, open shoes can prevent the malformation from progressing.

Which shoes are best to wear with claw toes/ hammer toes?

People with claw toes or hammer toes should avoid too tight shoes at all costs, as tight shoes will result in worsening of the malalignment and lead to the development of painful corns and pressure points. Wearing open shoes or stretch shoes is advisable. At Solidus you can find a beautiful rangeof open and closed shoes which can be worn by persons with claw toes or hammer toes. Comfortable shoes such as “Kate” and “Maike” which are partly made of stretch materials are particularly suitable. The stretch material covering the shoe is yielding and prevents your foot from being constricted.