Lesser Toe Deformity

Treatment for Lesser Toe Deformity

At Capital Orthopaedics, our team of highly experienced consultant orthopaedic surgeons, in-house radiologist and physiotherapists diagnose and treat all musculoskeletal conditions of the foot.

We offer treatment for lesser toe deformities in three central London locations, using the very latest diagnostic equipment, pioneering injection therapies and minimally invasive surgical techniques to ensure a quick recovery time and resilience against future conditions of your foot.

If you have any pain, discomfort or difficulty walking due to problems with your toes, get in touch with Capital Orthopaedics here to book an appointment.

Offering consultation and diagnosis in the same appointment, speeding up your journey to treatment and recovery.

What is a Lesser Toe Deformity?

Any condition that affects the joints of your lesser toes is likely to result in a deformity – a change in the normal anatomy of your toes. There are numerous types of lesser toe deformity, but the most common are:

  • Hammer toe – an abnormal bend in the middle joint of a toe
  • Mallet toe – an abnormal bend in the joint nearest to your toenail
  • Claw toe – both the middle and end joints in your toe bend abnormally, forcing the tip of your toe to press downwards
  • Curly / crossover toe – one toe curls towards or over another

What Causes a Lesser Toe Deformity?

Deformities are the result of an imbalance in the supporting structure in your toe joints (ligaments). If one or more ligament is weaker than the others, the joint will be pulled out of alignment.

These conditions can be the result of:

  • Traumatic injury to your toe
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Genetics
  • Tight or high heeled shoes
  • Diseases such as diabetes or MS

How is a Lesser Toe Deformity Diagnosed?

Diagnosis involves a physical examination and a scan (MRI or ultrasound) to identify soft tissue damage and imbalanced ligaments. An x-ray may be needed if there is a history of trauma.

How Can A Lesser Toe Deformity Be Treated?

At Capital Orthopaedics, we are focused on providing the least invasive treatment options for lesser toe deformities.

Non-surgical treatments

Our specialists will provide exercises to help re-balance the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your foot and advise on improving lifestyle and footwear. You may also be offered corrective pads to help realign and reduce pressure on the joints.


If conservative measures aren’t successful, our orthopaedic surgeons will carry out a minimally invasive operation to correct soft tissue problems or resolve bone conditions (joint replacement, debridement, fusion or resection).

Book an Appointment with Capital Orthopaedics

If you have any discomfort or deformities in your toes, contact Capital Orthopaedics here for a diagnosis and the most effective treatment to get you back on your feet and back to a healthy lifestyle as soon as possible.

Other Foot Conditions We Treat

  • Bunions – painful, bony lumps on the inside of your foot at the base of your big toe. Treated with: physiotherapy, orthotics, injections or surgery to relieve pain.
  • Morton’s Neuroma – nerve damage underneath the ball of your foot, causing a sharp pain like standing on a ballbearing. Treatment: physiotherapy, shoe inserts to relieve pressure, steroid injection to reduce inflammation or surgery to release the trapped nerve.
  • Metatarsal Fractures – your foot bones can be broken as a result of impact or overuse (stress fractures). Treatment options include wearing a rigid shoe while the bone heals, while displaced bones may require surgery.
  • Sesamoiditis – inflammation of tendons in the foot. Treatment: steroid injections, orthotics or surgery to remove the sesamoid bones.
  • Plantar Fasciitis – Inflammation of the tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes along the sole of your foot, causing pain in your heel. It can be treated with physiotherapy, orthotics, steroid injections, ultrasound tissue repair, and in rare cases, surgery to detach the plantar fascia from the heel bone.
  • Hallux Rigidus – pain and stiffness in your big toe can be caused by arthritis in the joint at the base of the toe. Treatment includes steroid injections, special shoe inserts and ultrasound therapy. It can also be treated with surgery to help restore mobility.

Book an Appointment with an Orthopaedic Specialist

The Capital Orthopaedics team is made up of highly experienced medical professionals – from Mr Simon Moyes, the renowned orthopaedic consultant surgeon, to physicians, nurses, anaesthetists and physiotherapists.
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