The first thing you may notice is that the top of the affected joint rubs against your shoe. This can cause redness at first, and over time can lead to the formation of a corn. This is the buildup of a hard layer of skin that your body forms in response to an irritant – in this case your shoe. Corns can be trimmed, but eventually they will grow and put even more pressure on the joint, causing pain, swelling, and possibly an infection. Eventually, the toe can harden into this position, and you won’t be able to lay it flat anymore.
You may notice that you can no longer find shoes that fit without hurting. If your toes hurt when you walk, you may alter your gait, leading to further problems in your legs, hips, and back. Don’t let things get to this point. As soon as you notice that your toes look a funny shape, contact Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS to have them evaluated. They can discuss various treatments available to you.