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Hammer Toe / Claw Toe


Flexible or rigid flexion deformity of the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint of the lesser toes is referred to as Hammer toe.  A similar deformity that also involves the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint is a Claw toe.  These deformities are a result of an imbalance in the dynamic flexion and extension forces that cross the lesser MTP, PIP, and (in the case of Claw toe) DIP joint. Surgical treatment of lesser toe deformities has historically been based on altering the relative lengths of the toe and its tendons. Options have included PIP joint resection arthroplasty, PIP joint fusion, tendon transfers, tendon lengthening, and metatarsal shortening. 

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