What are the possible treatments?
A number of non-surgical treatments can be undertaken: trimming heloses and calluses, padding heloses and calluses, changing shoes, wearing orthopaedic soles.
These treatments offer transitory relief but cannot correct the mechanical foot modifications that cause claw toes.
What are the surgical solutions?
In some cases, usually when the claw toe has become stiff, surgery appears necessary to definitely ease the induced pain and discomfort. Your orthopedic surgeon will look through all options and select an action plan fitted to your needs. He will take into account the type of shoes you wear, their wear and tear, the number of deformed toes, your activity level, your age and the seriousness of the deformations. Arthrodesis is a technique which consists in straightening up the two curled up parts and then attach the small joint. Formerly stabilized by external and visible pins, arthrodesis can now get stabilized by an internal implant. No need to be bothered anymore by pins that jut out from the toe.
Moreover an internal implant significantly reduces infection risks and thanks to its great stability it ensures optimal functional and aesthetic results and an important reduction of pain and edema.
This operation procedure is most often performed under local anesthesia. Walking is immediate with the aid of specific shoes and a simple post-operative protection. Regarding showers, they are possible very soon after the operation in the case of an isolated claw toe treated with an internal implant.