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      Category : Health Centers > Bones, Joints, and Muscles


Alternate Names : Claw Toe, Mallet Toe

Hammertoe | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

The condition can be prevented by wear properly fitting shoes. Shoes should be not be too narrow or too short. Also, care should be taken when pulling on stockings so that the toes are not buckled. If hammertoes are identified early, arch supports and prescription shoe inserts can sometimes keep the problem from progressing.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Long term effects usually consist of chronic pain and discomfort. People who have reduced sensation in their feet, such as individuals with nerve damage from diabetes known as diabetic neuropathy, may not realize that the skin on the toes is breaking down. This can lead to serious infection and the potential loss of the toe, foot, or even the leg.

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Hammertoe: Treatment & Monitoring

Author: Bill O'Halloran, DPM
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 05/18/01

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