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Toe Problems

Our toes are pretty important parts of our feet. They are usually the last part of the foot to touch the ground while moving forward. They are also the most susceptible and most commonly injured part of the foot. This section will teach you more about the common problems that occur to the toes.

To get started, all you need to do is click on the title of the article below that you are most interested in. Feel free to spend time browsing this section to learn more about the toes, or browse additional sections to learn more about problems and conditions that can affect the feet.

Problems & Conditions of the Toes:

  • Trigger Toe

    Trigger toe is an injury that most commonly affects ballet dancers and makes it difficult or impossible to flex the big toe.

  • Lost or Severed Toe

    Losing a toe is a traumatic experience, and adjusting to the loss, physically and emotionally, is no picnic. In this article we will explore some of the ways a toe may be lost or severed, and what effect this loss may have on your ability to walk, run, and participate in the same kinds of […]

  • Toe Falling Off — Ainhum (dactylolysis spontanea)

    Ainhum, also known as dactylolysis spontanea, is a poorly understood condition in which the fifth toe (the little one) becomes constricted at its base and eventually falls off.

  • Onychia and Paronychia

    The terms onychia and paronychia refer to a type of bacterial or fungal infection that strikes the fingernails and toenails. Read more for causes, symptoms and prevention.

  • Overlapping Toes

    The term Overlapping Toes refers to a condition in which one of the toes turns inward and lies on top of an adjacent toe. Read more for causes and treatment.

  • Polydactyly of the Feet

    Polydactyly of the feet is a rare, congenital condition in which an individual may have more than five toes on one or both feet.

  • Mallet Toe

    Mallet toe is a deformity of the toe that can cause pain and disability in the affected person. Read more for causes, symptoms and treatment of mallet toe.

  • Claw Toe

    Learn the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for those with claw toes – also known as claw feet.

  • Stubbed Toe

    Stubbing your toe can be a very painful thing. Learn what you can do for it at home and when it’s time to see your doctor, plus much more.

  • Webbed Toes

    Webbed toes is a common birth deformity that can be found before birth. Learn more about what causes this condition and how it’s treated.

  • Turf Toe

    Learn about turf toe, including its origin, symptoms, causes, treatment options and how your doctor diagnoses this problem.

  • Toe Fungus

    Fungal infections can affect our toes in two ways: on the skin and on the nails. Learn more about what causes toe fungus, how to treat it and what the symptoms are.

  • Pigeon Toed

    This condition is most common in infants and children. Learn more about the conditions that cause this abnormal way of walking.

  • Hammertoe

    Hammertoe is a condition that can be treated quickly. Learn about the causes, symptoms and treatment options if you have this progressive condition.

  • Foot Bunions

    Bunions are mainly due to genetics and improper footwear. Learn about the symptoms, treatment options and additional causes of bunions.

  • Broken Toe

    Our toes are some of the most common bones to break. Learn about the complications that can arise, when you should see a doctor and several treatment options.

  • Big Toe Pain

    There could be numerous reasons why you are experiencing pain in your big toe. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options available to reduce this symptom.

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