Lesser toe deformities
There are numerous orthopaedic conditions that can affect the lesser toes and lead to pain and deformity. Claw toes, hammer toes, overlapping toes, curly toes, ingrown nails, and arthritis are only a few of the conditions that can be managed for your at Panorama Orthopaedics.
Commonly reported symptoms from conditions affecting the toes include:
- pain, particularly where the toes rub on footwear
- formation of corns or callouses from rubbing
- deformity of the nails, including cutting of adjacent toes from neighbouring nails
- stiffness and loss of motion
- inability to bear weight on the area
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and are concerned you may have a problem with your toes, contact you local doctor for review and seek referral to an orthopaedic surgeon. Podiatry is a key part of maintaining the health and function of your toes and feet, and is also a great place to go for initial advice and treatment. A lot of problems can be managed non-operatively, with only a fraction of cases requiring surgical correction. Footwear, orthotics and activity modification should be trialled before surgical intervention. If these measures have failed, surgery can provide a definitive solution that restores the quality of life you have lost.