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Treating Mallet, Hammer, and Claw Toes
Buying shoes with more room in the toes, filing down corns and calluses, and padding the toe most often relieve the pain. If these steps don't work, you may need surgery to straighten the toes.
Buy low-heeled shoes with plenty of room in the front. This keeps the toes from being jammed against the end of the shoe. It also keeps the shoe from rubbing the tops of the toes.
Corns and Calluses
To file down a corn or callus, soak your foot in warm water. This softens the hard skin. Dry your foot. Then gently rub the corn or callus with a pumice stone or nail file.
Pads and Splints
If you still have pain, you may need to put a pad or splint on the toe. This helps take pressure off the painful corn or callus.
For a mallet toe, you can put a gel pad on the toe. This keeps the tip of the toe from rubbing against the bottom of the shoe.
For a hammer or claw toe, you can put a felt or foam pad over the bent joint. This keeps the toe from rubbing on the top of the shoe.
For a hammer or claw toe that is still flexible, you can put a splint on the toe. This keeps it straight so it doesn't rub on the top of the shoe.