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Toe Types

Hammer Toe

A hammer toe is a toe that is contracted at the middle joint in the toe. Ligaments and tendons tighten and cause the toe’s joints to curl downwards. Hammer toes may occur in any toe except the big toe. There are two types – flexible and rigid. In a flexible hammer toe, the joint has the ability to move. A rigid hammer toe does not have that same ability to move. Both felxible and rigid hammer toes can be painless but on occasions may cause pain due to callus or corns caused by rubbing on the top of shoes.

Mallet Toe

Excessive rubbing of the mallet toe against the top of the shoe can lead to pain and the development of a corn. The tip of the toe is often turned down against the shoe causing pressure and discomfort.

A mallet toe occurs when the joint at the end of the toe cannot straighten. Mallet toes can cause extreme discomfort, and can be aggravated if restrictive or improperly fitting footwear is worn for a prolonged period of time.

Claw Toe

A claw toe is a toe that is contracted at middle and end joints in the toe and can lead to severe pressure and pain. Ligaments and tendons that have tightened and caused the joints to curl downwards. Claw can be flexible and/or rigid. In a flexible claw toe, the joint has the ability to movea nd can be straightend manually. A rigid claw toe does not have that same ability to move or has very little movement and is extreamly painful.

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Wilson Health Services was founded in June of 2001 by Dr. Jason Wilson.  The office has grown over the years and is now a bustling multidisciplinary office.  Our team includes two Chiropractors, five Registered Massage Therapists, two Physiotherapists, an Acupuncturist, a Naturopath, a Chiropodist and a Low Intensity Laser Therapist.

 

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