Mallet Toe

A mallet toe is due to an excessively tight flexor tendon and is the easiest condition affecting lesser toes to be treated.

Other conditions

There are a number of rarer conditions where lesser toes can be excessively short, long, big or bent.


Treatment of all of these problems can be non-operative or operative but it is important to make a correct diagnosis and to understand the underlying mechanism that has lead to the deformity. For example operating on a hammer toe that has arisen as a result of a bunion will not be successful unless the bunion is addressed at the same time.

Likewise, the cause of clawing of the toes should never go un-investigated, as the underlying neurological condition needs to be identified so that treatment and expectations can be managed in an optimal way.

Once appropriate investigations have been completed, the condition can be treated.

Non-surgical treatment

Non-operative management of lesser toe deformities include advice on footwear, dealing with corns and callosities and the use of protective silicone sleeves to avoid pressure and rubbing.







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