Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

Dealing With Claw Toe

Most people are familiar with bunions, but another toe deformity that can become uncomfortable, or even painful, is claw toe. The tip of the toe curls underneath the foot, while the base of the toe rises up. This usually occurs in one or more of the smaller toes. Although claw toe can be a sign of diabetes, it may also be the result of shoe type, foot structure, or some type of trauma. Besides improperly fitting shoes or other footwear, the causes of claw toe may include ankle injuries, inflammation, or swelling of the feet. In addition, nerve damage that weakens the muscles in the feet may be a factor. Certain underlying medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, and diabetes have been identified as possible factors in the development of claw toe. The risk of claw toe increases with age. If you have noticed a change in the structure of your toes or are experiencing unusual pain in the toes, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can conduct an examination, offer a diagnosis, and suggest a possible treatment plan.  

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Philip Hahn, DPM of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Texarkana and, Pittsburg, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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