Toes that curl down are often an indication of either a muscular imbalance or a nerve issue. There are three related, yet different, conditions where this happens – hammertoe, mallet toe, and claw toe.
- Hammertoe – Often affects the second toe and the digit bends at the middle joint down toward the floor.
- Mallet toe – Much like hammertoe, this happens with the second toe, but the key distinction is that the bend happens in the joint closest to the tip of the toe.
- Claw toe – This condition often affects all four smaller toes concurrently and the toes bend up at the first joint—the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the foot—and down at the other two joints.
This often happens when there is difference in strength between the muscles on the top of the toes versus the ones on the bottom. This situation pulls the toe into its bent shape.
These conditions are progressive, which means they do not improve on their own and worsen over time, but we can help Give us a call at (972) 690-5374 or schedule your appointment at Richardson Podiatry Associates online today.