What are mallet toes?
A mallet toe can be described as a deformity of the distal interphalangeal joint (the last toe joint), which bends downwards.
The skin near the toenail tip can develop a painful corn that can eventually result in an ulcer. These can be extremely painful. The toe can become red and swollen.
Because the second toe is typically the longest, it is the most likely to be affected by mallet toe.
It can occur from injuring a toe, poor footwear, bone or muscle imbalances or arthritis.
Symptoms of this condition
- Redness and swelling of the affected toe
- Corns or calluses
- Toe ulcers in diabetic patients
Treatments we provide for mallet toes
- Foot file to reduce any possible callus build up
- Broad footwear
- Cushion the toe with padding
- Rehabilitative exercise (strengthening and stretching the toe muscles with exercises)