If your toes are curved in such a way that the pads do not touch the floor, you may have hammer,

claw or mallet toes. Talk to our Atlanta podiatrist today. With early intervention these conditions

can be corrected without surgery. Allowed to worsen, they frequently require surgical

intervention.

When should I suspect claw, hammer or mallet toes?

Don’t ignore toes that are bent or curled at new or strange angles. Toes may curl upward, to the

side or toward the floor. You may also experience pain, difficulty wearing shoes comfortably or

develop corns and callouses from excessive friction. As the condition worsens, walking can

become painful.

How are these conditions treated?

Non-surgical options

It is important to talk with our Atlanta podiatrist for an early, accurate diagnosis. During your

visit we will discuss any symptoms you have experienced, typical footwear and recent activities.

We will also ask questions about your medical history. Some health concerns, such as diabetes,

are commonly associated with problems of the feet. A physical exam will help us determine the

severity of the problem. Generally speaking hammer, claw and mallet toes respond well to

treatment when the joints are still flexible. In these cases taping, pain relievers, joint stretching

exercises, footwear adjustments and shoe inserts often correct the problem.

Surgical options

A physical exam will help our Atlanta podiatrist determine if the affected toe joints are flexible

or fixed. Joints may become fixed without early intervention because tendons contract and

shorten. At this point the toe is rarely straightened without surgical intervention. Options include

implants to straighten the toe, joint fusion, and releasing tissues and tendons in the toe joint.

Hammer, claw and mallet toes are more common among women than in men. Improperly fitting

shoes, shoes with narrow toe boxes and high heels that push toes forward, are big contributors to

the problem. A good way to prevent these conditions, or avoid reoccurrence, is to wear shoes

that allow ample wiggle room for the toes.

Give us a call if you have questions. Our Board-certified Smyrna podiatrist has years of experience with treating a range of foot and ankle problems. Let us put our know-how to work for your healthy feet. We

have the information you need to make informed decisions about your treatment options. We can

help you understand your condition and recommend an individualized action plan. Schedule your

appointment today.

Dr. Fui Dawson
Podiatrist in Marietta, GA, Dr. Fui Dawson, is a Harvard trained Foot & Ankle Specialist treating patients in Marietta, GA and in the surrounding communities. Our clinic, Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia, offers treatment for all foot and ankle conditions.