Toe Condition Treatments

Common Toe Problems

Claw Toe

To have claw toe it means that your toes are clawing back into the soles of your shoes, which creates painful calluses, and if not treated, can cause long term problems.

Hallux Limitus

This condition (hallux limitus), actually means “limited big toe joint”.  It is known from a decreased range of motion and pain at the big toe joint. If not treated, severe bone spurring can begin to occur.

Common treatments:

– Anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

– Cortisone injections

– Orthotics

Hallux Rigidis 

When you have worn down the cartilage at the base of the toe, and there’s bone on bone, a condition called Hallu Rigidis can occur.  Hallux Rigidis means “stiff big toe joint”.  At this stage the toe doesn’t move much at all.

Hallux Varus

Hallux Varus is a condition where the big toe severely bends away from the toe next to it. 


This is a deformity where the toe or toes bend down instead of pointing straight forward.

In-toeing and out-toeing

This is when the feet are pointing in too much (in-toeing), or out too much (out-toeing).  This is common in children and usually go away as they learn to walk.  However, in difficult cases, more intense treatments may be needed, such as special orthotic shoes.

Overlapping or Underlapping Toes

When one toe lays on top of the next toe, this is called an overlapping toe. are characterized by one toe lying on top of an adjacent toe.

Subungal Exotosis

This means that you have a bone spur under the toenail. Normally this happens from some type o accident.  Often, this condition is treated through surgery.

Turf Toe

If your big toe gets hyperextended, you can get turf toe. 

Treatment include: 


– Ice

– Compression

– Possibly sports equipment adjustments 

– NSAIDs (anti inflammatory drugs)

Mallet Toes

This is a deformity of the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint in the foot, which has abnormal flexibility (it is either fixed or flexible).