Claw And Curly Toe Deformities

A 68-year-old female patient with type 2 diabetes attended the outpatient diabetes clinic for her usual follow-up. On examination, she had severe diabetic neuropathy and palpable peripheral pulses. Claw toe deformity of her left second and third toes was noticed, as well as a curly fourth toe (Figure 3.8). Subungual hemorrhage and ingrown hallux nail, and hemorrhagic calluses of the second and third toes were also present. A hammer deformity was seen on the second toe of her right foot. Protective

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footwear was prescribed and the patient was educated in foot care.

A curly toe consists of neutral position or plantar flexion of the metatarsophalangeal joint, and plantar flexion of the proximal interphalangeal and distal interphalangeal joints, by more than 5° each ( igures 3.9 and 3.10). Inward or outward rotation may be present. Curly toes may be either fixed or flexible.

Keywords: Claw toe; curly toe; hammer toe

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