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Toe joint deformities, such as
hammer, claw, and mallet toes, may be fixed or
flexible. In a fixed deformity, the toe joint cannot move normally. In a
flexible deformity, some movement is possible. You may be able to move your toe
with your hand but not be able to move it by itself, as you normally would. A
flexible deformity may become fixed over time if you do not treat it.
Whether your deformity is fixed or flexible can also affect treatment
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerGavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
Current as ofMay 22, 2015
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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