How to Treat Claw Toe without Surgery?
Taping or splinting the toes can treat mild cases of toe deformity. This is used to help reduce further deformity and minimize symptoms. Toe exercises to improve strength and flexibility may also be prescribed.
Does Claw Toe Require Surgery?
For severe claw toe deformity, surgery may be needed to correct the condition. Depending on the rigidity of the deformity and angulation of the toes, the appropriate surgical procedure is selected. In some cases it necessary to lengthen or shorten tendons and/or ligaments to help improve mobility and abnormal angulation. To prevent recurrence, a fusion may also be needed to connect the bones on each side of the affected joint. The bones are typically fused with a removable wire. Most of these surgeries are considered outpatient and following physical therapy, patients are able to resume their normal activities.
Recovery Following Claw Toe Surgery
It is essential that patients follow the post-operative protocol for recovery set forth by our team as it remains a crucial part of the healing process. Depending on the specific procedures performed, patients can typically heel weight bear in a hard sole (postoperative) shoe almost immediately. An assistive device such as crutches are usually needed for the first few days to weeks. Dressing are placed over the forefoot and this will be changed by our team the first postoperative clinic visit. It is important to keep the foot dry when showering while the wound is healing.