Causes of curling toes
Several conditions can cause the toes to curl. The most common is hammer toe. A Hammer’s toe occurs when it is bent at the middle joint, causing it to resemble a hammer. This condition is usually caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes or by arthritis. Other causes of curling toes include:
How to stop curling toes
There are several ways that you can stop your toes from curling. One way is to try to keep them straight when you are walking or standing. Another way is to wear comfortable shoes that do not rub against your toes. Finally, you can try exercises to strengthen the muscles in your toes.
While there is no foolproof way to stop your toes from curling completely, there are some exercises you can do to help.
Toes contain small muscles and tendons that can become tight and cause the toe to curl. Stretching and Strengthening these muscles can help reduce the chances of your toe-curling.
-Toe Curl: Sit with your legs extended in front of you. Place a resistance band around your foot just below the toes. Use your toes to curl the band up towards your head and then release it back down to the starting position. Repeat 10-15 times.
-Toe Point: Sit with your legs extended in front of you. Place a resistance band around your foot just below the toes, pointing away from you. Use your toe muscles to point the band toward your head and then release it down to the starting position. Repeat 10-15 times.
An Arthroplasty is one of the most common surgeries to fix curled toes. This surgery involves cutting and realigning the bones in your foot to fix the deformity. Your doctor will make an incision in your foot and remove any bone spur or other tissue causing the problem. Afterward, they will put your bones back into place and secure them with pins or screws. You will probably have to wear a cast or splint for 4-6 weeks after the surgery.