A mallet toe occurs when the joint at the end of the toe becomes bent. The four smaller toes of the foot are much like the fingers in the hand. Each has three bones (phalanges) which have joints between them (interphalangeal joints). The toes form a joint with the long bones of the foot (metatarsals) and it is this area that is often referred to as the ball of the foot.
Normally, these bones and joints are straight. A mallet toe occurs when the toes become bent at the distal (second) interphalangeal joint, making the toe prominent. This can affect any of the three central toes. In some cases, a bursa (rather like a deep blister) is formed over the joint and this can become inflamed (bursitis). With time, hard skin (callous) or corns (condensed areas of callous) can form over the joints or at the tip of the toe.
What are the common symptoms?
What will Dr. Gmerek do?
If simple measures do not reduce your symptoms, there are other options: