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Claw Toe May End Your Love for Towering Shoes

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For fans of the crooning, classic big band tunes of Michael Bublé, September can’t come soon enough. His concert at the XL Center in Hartford, CT is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Ladies, if you are gearing up to strut your stuff before this popular singer with your high heeled shoes, your feet may be ready to claw themselves out by the end of the night – literally.

Claw toe is a common toe deformity that can leave toes bent up at the middle joint and curled down at the end joint, making them resemble little claws. Not only can they be unsightly, they can also cause significant discomfort and difficulty wearing shoes. They often start out flexible but can progress to the point of being rigid with very limited movement.

The general cause of this toe condition is a muscle imbalance that leaves muscles and tendons abnormally tight. This pull is what causes the toes to curl. Although certain foot structures, diabetes, arthritis, and alcoholism are factors, ill-fitting shoes are by far the worst culprits for leading to the development of this problem. Shoes with high heels that force all of the body’s weight onto the balls of the feet and toes and tight, pointed toe boxes that squeeze toes are simply not great for your feet. These types of shoes can weaken the muscles in your foot and lead to the imbalance that causes a problem like claw toe.

This condition gets worse over time and could become a permanent deformity. If you are noticing any curling of your toes or corns on the tops of your toes, take action! Call Family Foot Care & Surgery where foot expert Dr. Sanjay Patel can take over. The right treatment at the right time can slow down the progression and keep your feet looking and feeling great. Call us in Milford, CT at (203) 876-7736 or in Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055 to make an appointment today. 

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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