What are the causes of toe deformities?

High arches, flat feet, traumatic toe injuries, and underlying diseases such as diabetes are some causes of toe deformities. These conditions create a muscle imbalance in the foot that puts you more at risk for hammertoes, mallet toes, and claw toes.

Diseases that can create an imbalance include multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome. The more inflammatory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, can also cause problems in your toes.

Another thing that creates muscle imbalance? What you wear on your feet. If your shoes are too short, your second digit might have to bend to fit inside the shoe, which can cause mallet toe. Those who wear high heels are also at risk for claw toes, since the pointed shoes cram and squish the toes together. When you walk, your foot won’t receive the right pressure to keep your feet healthy.

Toe deformities are a big pain that can greatly affect the way you walk. If you need treatment, set up an appointment with Dr. Victoria Melhuish. Feel free to call our office in Gardnerville, NV, at (775) 783-8037. Sierra Foot & Ankle can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!