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Ironically for podiatrists John and
Claude, both suffered from painful feet
and legs. Initially, they used the
standard skills they were trained with
and fitted themselves with foot orthotics.
In time, however, the orthotics simply
made the muscles in their feet lazy and
the relief slowly faded away, just as many
of their patients found. Surely, they
thought, there had to be an alternative to
the orthotics, drugs and painful surgery.

Claw Toes


Claw toes is where the toes of the foot are curled up in a flexed position and may be rigid or flexible. Claw toes are often seen in highly arched feet (Cavus foot types) and in some neuromuscular disorders. Often all of the lesser toes (2-5) are affected, as compared to hammer toes which normally only affects one or two digits. Metatarsalgia (Ball of foot pain) is a frequent complaint with this condition. This is because as the toes retract and claw, further pressure is applied to the ball of the foot.”

What causes Claw Toes

This often occurs when there is an imbalance between the intrinsic and extrinsic muscles of the foot causing the flexor muscles of the foot over tighten, forcing the toes into a contracted or curled up position. The muscle imbalance is often caused by abnormal biomechanics of the foot and leg as well as a restricted range of movement through the foot and ankle.

How to treat Claw Toes naturally

It is important to address the cause of claw toes and correct any muscle imbalance that is occurring. While a surgical approach may still be warranted for some severe rigid claw cases, reoccurrence of the condition may occur even after surgery. That is why correcting the cause is vital.

Often there are misaligned joints deep within the ankle complex that have pushed forward, combined with restricted movement in the ankle, midfoot and metatarsal region. Restoring quality movement and function are essential to a successful outcome with this difficult condition. The use of a metatarsal arch can also help to reduce the deformity and in cases where the claw toes are still flexible, it is advisable to gently mobilise those toes into extension to help minimise contracture.

“Check if your claw toes are rigid or flexible. Can you still flex and extend them?”

By having your claw toes assessed by our corrective Melbourne podiatrists we will be able to tell you if your condition is likely to improve with our natural corrective techniques. Avoid painful corns, surgery and bulky orthotics that limit the range of shoes that you can wear and book into one of our centres for a consultation.

WARNING: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending on the diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist.

Take your first step, call or email us today to arrange an appointment.



Take your first step, call or email us today to arrange an appointment.


John Sfinas
99 Mahoneys Road,
Forest Hill Victoria, 3131
Telephone 9877 0056


Claude Tobgui
217 Upper Heidelberg Road,
Ivanhoe Victoria, 3079
Telephone 9499 2006


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