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What is a mallet toe?

A mallet toe is a common deformity in which the final joint in the toe (the one closest to the tip) bends downward. It’s very similar to the more well-known hammertoe, which affects the middle joint rather than the end one. Depending on the progression of the deformity, symptoms can range anywhere from a simple aesthetic irregularity to pain, development of corns and calluses, and even difficulty walking. It typically occurs in the second toe.

Bent ToesMallet toes usually start out somewhat flexible—you can’t straighten it out using your toe muscles alone, but you can move it with your fingers—and at this stage conservative treatments are often successful. Over time, though, it becomes more rigid, and surgery may become necessary.

If you notice any crookedness or unnatural bending in your toe joints, seek help soon—early detection often means simple, non-invasive tactics can resolve your symptoms, or even prevent them before they occur. Give us a call at (513) 728-4800 or (859) 282-1572, or set up an appointment online today.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.