Mallet Toes

Mallet Toes

Many disorders can affect the joints in the toes, causing pain and preventing the foot from functioning as it should. A mallet toe occurs when the joint at the end of the toe cannot straighten. Excessive rubbing of the mallet toe against the top of the shoe can lead to pain and the development of a corn. The tip of the toe is often turned down against the shoe causing pressure and discomfort.

Cause

The development of mallet toes is often caused by bone and muscle imbalances. These imbalances become exaggerated in people with active lifestyles. For example, people who are constantly on their feet or participate in athletic activities are more likely to develop mallet toes.

Arthritis can also lead to many forefoot deformities including mallet toes. Mallet toes can cause extreme discomfort, and can be aggravated if restrictive or improperly fitting footwear is worn for a prolonged period of time.