Claw toe dorsal subluxation of toes 2 through 5, the metatarsal heads bearing weight and becoming painful when walking, resulting in a shuffling gait; occurring in rheumatoid arthritis. Like hammer toe , claw toe is a foot deformity characterized by a permanent bending of the joints in the toes. Second, we did not assess the physiological effects of diabetes and neuropathy on muscletissue properties, which may influence muscle function Fallen Arches and the associations sought between foot structure parameters. Podiatrists are doctors who deal with problems related to the feet and ankle. I am telling you to investigate and find out everything you can and most of all don't go to a foot doctor. I had a tendon cut to release the pressure as the toe was starting to curl under. You can go to a hospital in your area and they will do a finacial screening to see if you qualify for the surgery to get it done for free or within reason depending on your income. I have been through alot with my foot now going on 10 months. A podiatrist cut off the little bony parts and it looked like I would have normal looking feet. Most people see long-lasting correction, although a small number can have a partial return of the contracture if the forces acting on the toe are too strong. This can be prevented by using a prescription orthotic shoe insert following surgery to control the foot structure and the forces that cause toe deformity over the long term. Treatment can simply include padding to protect the toe from the shoe or other toes, as well as regular trimming of the corns. These pads simply slip on over the toes, and act like a sock or sleeve to cover and pad the skin. If the corn is thick enough to require a knife, let a podiatrist do the work to avoid a serious injury to the skin. Several different types of arthritis can affect the feet and toes and cause toe joint pain and stiffness, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Claw toes are not necessarily harmful in and of themselves, but if the toe bend is permanent and/or painful, surgery may be desired. Surgery may be performed on the shortened tendon, in order to lengthen or reposition it in order to facilitate the straightening of the toes. In other cases, steel pins may be inserted into the toe, forcing it to straighten. Trauma and inflammation can also cause claw toe deformity.