Claw Foot: Identification, Causes & Treatments

Claw Foot: Identification, Causes & Treatments

Claw toes can form from severaldifferent conditions. They can occur following ankle surgery or ankle injuries.Inflammation can also cause your toes to bend into a claw-like position. Insome cases, no cause is ever found. Sometimes claw toes develop due to nervedamage to your feet. This can make your foot muscles weaker, which leads toimbalances that force your toes to bend awkwardly. Underlying disorders thatcan cause claw toes include:

Stroke
This condition occurs when bloodstops flowing to one area of your brain because of a clot or weak bloodvessels. Strokes can cause serious nerve damage and strongly affect yourmuscles.

Diabetes
This condition occurs when yourbody has high levels of blood sugar because your pancreas cannot make enoughinsulin to control it or you become insulin resistant. Nerve damage, especiallyin the feet, is one of the complications that can result from this disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chroniccondition that occurs when the lining of your joints becomes inflamed, whichcan lead to joint deformities. It is an autoimmune disorder that causes yourimmune system to destroy your tissues.

Cerebral Palsy
This condition can affect muscletone, resulting in muscles that are either too stiff or too loose. It can becaused by abnormal brain development before birth or injury during delivery.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
This is an inherited disorderthat affects your nervous system. According to the National Institute ofNeurological Disorders and Stroke, it occurs in about one in every 2,500 peoplein the United States. (NINDS) It often causes weakness in the feetand toe deformities.
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