Lesser Toes

lesser toes

Our 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th digits may appear to be small insignificant structures. However, you would be surprised how many structures ultimately insert into and affect the function of our toes. Believe it or not, there are two tendons inserting into the tip of our toes (referred to as long extensors and long flexors) that originate as large muscles in the top of our leg. There are also many small muscles in our heel and midfoot that all ultimately insert into our toes as well. Its no surprise that any subtle abnormality in foot or leg structure or function will have a dramatic effect on the structure and position of our toes, often leading toe deformities. To name a few:

  • Hammertoes
  • Claw toes
  • Mallet toes

It is our philosophy at The Foot & Ankle Group that it is difficult to effectively fix a deformity unless you can also treat the cause.  Traditional foot surgery focuses on removing the specific lump or bump which only provides short term relief, ultimately leading to deformity reoccurrence.  Our doctors understand the need for proper foot and limb alignment and which treatments are effective over time.  Our treatments range from simple callus trimming to dispensing an accommodative device, fashioning state of the art orthotics and, if necessary, reconstructive toe straightening surgery.  Some of the toe straightening procedures we offer can be performed in the office.  Other toe conditions include:

  • Athletes foot (Tinea Pedis)
  • Ingrown Toenails (Paronychia)
  • Fractures, Dislocations
  • Corns’/Callus’
  • Lister corn
  • Soft corn (Heloma Molle)