Claw toes is the term used to describe a foot deformity wherein the toes of the person resembles a claw. Patients with claw toes have toes that curve downward then upward. It can be unsightly can cause embarrassment and discomfort.
If you want to be able to flaunt your toes and your fancy pedicure especially during the summertime, you must take measures to prevent claw toes. Here are some suggestions.
- Be mindful of your feet. You may take for granted how your toes and feet support your body. However, you should be mindful how your toes feel when you wear certain shoes. Do you notice your toes cling tightly to your shoes? Does it hurt when you walk?
- Wear proper shoes. If you have flat feet, you are more prone to getting claw toes. One of the best ways to prevent getting this condition is to wear the right shoes. Even though it may be stylish, you should avoid wearing pointed and tight fitting shoes. On the other extreme, avoid shoe styles that don’t have heel support or a back such as mules since your toes may scrunch up to compensate for lack of grip on the shoe. Some styles may look great on the shoe shelf but can be agony on the feet. Don’t compromise your health for fashion. Consider wearing styles that are more feet friendly, such as a round toe shoe, or shoes manufactured by Dr. Scholl’s and Taryn Rose.
- Wear the right size. If you are wearing ill-fitting shoes, you not only set yourself up for pain but also claw toes. If your shoes are too small for your feet, your toes will be bunched together. This may result in callus, hammertoes and claw toes, all of which as unsightly, uncomfortable and unflattering. Most people aren’t aware that their feet aren’t the same size. Always follow the size of the foot that is bigger.
- Stretch your toes. At the end of the day, remove your shoes and allow your feet to rest. Dr. Scholl’s makes a product that you put on your toes. It’s made of a soft gel wherein each toe gets inserted in a hole. This allows the toes to stretch properly and realign normally.
- Go to a podiatrist. If you notice your toes or feet starting to deform, you need to see a podiatrist right away. Early intervention is key in correcting the problem. If you wait too long, it may be more difficult to correct the situation.
- Get surgery if necessary. In extreme cases when the condition has become so painful or has affected your stance, posture and the way you walk, you may need to get surgery. Arthroplasty and Arthrodesis are procedures that may be done to correct the condition. It should only be performed by a qualified doctor.
Claw toes can be prevented if you know what to look for. Take special
care of your feet, because not only is pain uncomfortable, but any
condition that affects your toes and feet can make it difficult for you
to walk. Do what you must to take care of your feet today.