How to get perfect toes?


The biggest problem that can keep your toes from being perfect are conditions called the hammer toes, clot toes or mallet toes.

These are all toes that are bent in various positions. They may look strange or even be in pain. These conditions usually happen to the four lesser for toes, not the big toe.

The best way to treat these is trying some of the gel pads listed below before you move onto surgery.


The best way to get perfect toes is to first try to straighten them conservatively, then try to use surgery to straighten them. If the bone is not rigid and arthritic, you have a good chance at getting them straightened.


Hammer Toe:

  • Hammertoe bends down towards the floor through the middle joints, while the middle joint usually points up and get something callous.
  • Hammertoe usually affects the second toe, and occurs along with a bunion.

Claw Toe:

  • A hammer toe most commonly affects the four smaller toes at the same time, this is a gradual curling in bending of all the toes down into the tip of the toes.

Mallet Toe:

  • A mallet toe is just the joint closest to the tip of the toe. The toe was straight and then the tip curls down.


Who to talk to regarding your non-perfect toes:

The person to talk to if you have a painful or heard toe is your podiatrist. A podiatrist may be able provide nonsurgical treatments and surgical treatments to fix your position. The key is to stop your toe from being locked into a rigid arthritic condition. In most cases if you can still straighten your toe with your fingers, then it has a chance of being fixed with home treatment.


What are the symptoms?

Besides not looking perfect and looking on, these toes may:

  • Hurt
  • Make it very difficult to find shoes that fit.
  • The biggest thing is that they can rub against your shoes.
  • You can get corns or calluses were bent toe presses against another toe shoe.
  • The most severe cases this can lead to an ulcer.
  • This can even make it very difficult to walk


Home Treatment Options:







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The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.