Claw toes and hammer toes

Claw toes and hammer toes solution

Claw toes are a common pathology in the field of podiatry that requires specific treatments.

These toe deformities are mainly caused by imbalances in the muscular and bony structures of the foot. The affected joints become progressively deformed until they become stiff with dislocation of the joint. The incidence of these deformities increases with age and female sex, becoming up to 5 times more common in women.

The causes of these deformities include the type of foot, previous trauma, joint diseases, type of footwear and neuromuscular and inflammatory diseases.

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Claw and hammertoes must be treated in time to avoid permanent, rigid deformities. In many cases, the inside of the shoes rubs against the toe joints causing calluses or bursitis in these areas. In the plantar area of the foot, the metatarsal heads, which support the weight of almost the entire body, develop pressure calluses, ulcers and potentially disabling plantar pain. When deformities reach this stage, the toes become stiff, in flexion and unable to straighten. For this reason, early treatment and prevention of these deformities is important.

At the San Roman Chiropody Clinic we assess the degree of deformity and propose the most appropriate treatment for the patient. We use conservative treatment for mild or painful deformities to prevent them from worsening. We also recommend soft shoes with room for the toes and avoid very tight shoes or very high heels. Do stretching exercises for your toes. We reserve surgery for cases with significant deformity and pain.


In our centre we perform this outpatient surgery with minimal incision techniques for the correction of claw and hammertoes. These techniques require extensive experience on the part of the surgeon, as well as modern equipment and instrumentation in a centre that complies with strict aseptic measures in order to obtain a satisfactory result. We must highlight the advantages of minimal incision surgery:

Ambulatory surgery that allows the patient to walk out on their own feet and without assistance.

  • Local anaesthesia minimises complications compared to other types of anaesthesia.
  • A 2 millimetre incision offers a quick recovery with little or no discomfort.
  • No need to introduce foreign bodies such as needles, which other techniques require.
  • Lower risk of infection and rapid tissue healing.
  • Excellent long-term results.