Mallet Toes

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
September 07, 2017
Tags: Arthritis   Mallet Toe  

Our toes are a very important part of our feet. They help keep us balanced, get us moving, and keep us up right. They are important to our daily lives and everything that we do. Since we use our toes all the time, they are prone to a lot of different types of injuries and conditions. Toes that are deformed due to their over use or other trauma are very common. Podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan has seen all kinds of toe deformities, including mallet toes.

Mallet toes occurs when the joint at the end of the toe is not straight, usually due to the deterioration of the bones, muscles, and joints in the toes. The deformed toes tend to get corns and calluses on the top of them from rubbing on surfaces such as shoes. Another cause of mallet toe is due to arthritis. Improper footwear is another key factor in the cause of mallet toes. Shoes should have a lot of stability, shock support, cushion, and room. They should not be restrictive, have high heels, lack support, or be narrow in any way. 

Mallet toes is a very painful condition and often causes the sufferer a lot of restrictions in their daily lives. Many people who suffer from mallet toes are unable to walk normally, participate in athletics, and live a life without pain.


  • Relieve pressure
  • Reduce friction
  • Transfer force to other less sensitive areas
  • Use gel sole caps
  • Use gel shields
  • Use toe crests
  • Get properly fitting shoes

If you think that you could be suffering from mallet toes, call our office right away at 989-790-8009. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online. It is important not to wait until it is too late. The longer you live with mallet toes, the more damage you cause your feet and ankles over time. If your mallet toe is too severe, it is possible that corrective surgery will need to take place to properly correct the condition.  Let us guide you on your journey to complete foot health.