Toe deformities can be present from birth or develop through injury, arthritis, neurological disorders, poor biomechanics and wearing ill-fitting or high-heeled shoes. They can have an impact on the foot and joint alignment and cause issues through the knee and hip joints. The most common deformities are hammer, claw and mallet toes along with cross-over toes. An accurate diagnosis of the condition and its underlying causes is essential to successful treatment.
The use of toe cushions, pads, splints and tapes and special shoes can reposition the toes along with regular toe stretching exercises.
Surgical options involve correcting the deformed toes and dealing with the underlying causes at the same time. The surgeon may reposition tendons and ligaments and remove pieces of bone as part of the operation. Pins and wires may be used to keep the toes aligned during healing.
A gradual return to normal duties can be guided by physiotherapy over two to six weeks following the operation.
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To ask a question, make an enquiry or book an appointment, contact our specialist team on 0207 806 4044 or [email protected], the team are available between:
Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9.00am to 3.00pm.
Our foot and ankle team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.
If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment.
If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer for authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.
If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.