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CROOKED SECOND TOES

My problem involves my second (index)toes on both feet. They point at approximately a 45 degree angle toward the third toes. They don't hurt and don't seem to cause any real problems but I hate the way they look. I love to go barefooted, or at least without shoes, but am highly self-conscious about doing so due to my toes. I am finally to the point that I am seeking medical advice. Is there a way to correct this without resorting to surgery or is that the only cure? I have never seen anyone else with this condition. Please help me!!


Hi,
Assuming this is a rigid deformity (you cannot bend the toes straight and keep them that way), then more than likely you will require surgery to correct them.
It is not major surgery but the one piece of advice I can give you is make sure your expectations are the same as your surgeon.
More than likely it will require a bone fusion which means that even though toe will be straight it may not bend. Additionally, second toes have a high incidence of swelling postoperatively and can stay that way, so just make sure you know what you are getting yourself into before you consent to surgery.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Sep 22, 2016
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contact
by: Alan

To the poster who added their comment on Jul 07, 2014 (with comment title "True problem" - describing how you fixed your toes with the help of a physical therapist and exercises for strengthening the arches): if by any chance you're reading this, I would really really appreciate if you could contact me by email - I would need a contact for that physical therapist and some details about the exercises.
My email: [email protected]

May 07, 2016
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crooked toes
by: Anonymous

I had the most beautiful feet all my life. However, now I am 69 and suddenly I was going to wear my sandals for summer and I almost did not recognize my feet. Middle and others crooked. My daughter is 30 and she has crooked toes. I thought this is one of the "beautiful" changes of being old. Any easy advised?

Jan 12, 2015
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No sandals for me :( by: Anonymous
by: Anonymous

This is a reply for 'No Sandals For Me'. I know exactly what you mean about not wearing sandals. I feel the same way. I do go barefoot around the house and outside our house constantly but am still afraid to display my crooked second toes to the world. I feel everyone will be staring at them which I realize is not true but it still makes me feel that way.
One thing I will do is to wear sandals with pantyhose which somewhat hides the shape of my toes, particularly the type of hose which have reinforced toes.
Someone would have a hard time telling my toes are crooked when I wear them so I feel more comfortable doing so. In really hot weather, I just can't stand to wear closed-toe shoes.
I believe I have very attractive feet other than the crooked second toes.

Jan 11, 2015
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No sandals for me :(
by: Anonymous

I have not read all the comments here but from the ones I have read, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one embarrassed of her feet. My problem is that my second toes are crooked,but are facing the big toes. I went to the doctor last year and he told me it was inherited. Someone in my family has the same thing. I would LOVE to wear all the beautiful shoes everyone else wears. Here's to wishful thinking.

Dec 05, 2014
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Genes
by: Anonymous

I'm sure it could be genes but nobody in my family ever had this condition. They are turned toward the middle toes at such an angle that the second toes are making an impression on the middle toes. I wish I could show you my toes and wish you could show me yours so we could compare.
And in my case, it has nothing to do with the second toes being longer than the big toes because they are shorter. And not just because they are curved, I can straighten them and they still are shorter than the big toes.

Dec 03, 2014
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Same thing :(
by: Anonymous

I have actually looking for advice too. My fathers grandma had a problem with her toes. They were all curving and as she grew older they got on top of each other. She had a medical condition though. It made me think twice about my second toe, I wondered if I had the same thing. I talked to my mother and showed her and she thought it was strange my toe was curving. Then she looked at hers and they were almost like mine. She said I didn't have anything to worry about and if I felt pain then I should seek medical help. Maybe it's just your genes like mine.

Nov 10, 2014
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CROOKED SECOND TOES UPDATE
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone. I was the original poster for this thread. It has been five years since I originally wrote this. During that time, I have thought a lot about my dilemma on my second toes.
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I decided to let some other people's opinions help guide my decision. I know I didn't like the way they looked but I wondered how they looked to others.

And toes do look different from different angles. I look at them from above while others look at them from the front.

I found a foot website which allowed me to post pictures.

So, I took advantage of that by asking people who saw my pics to vote on which one of my toes they liked the most.

I know that sounds crazy but I felt it was a good way to receive some honest opinions.
I received tons of votes on this poll. And the big toe and the little toe were almost tied as being the favorite.

But, amazingly, the second toe was next in voting. And it was not all that far behind the big toe and little toe. I figured it would be last.

I guess what surprised me the most was that a lot of respondents replied they like the second toe because it was curved or crooked.

So, there! I guess I have my answer. Because of honest public opinions, I have learned to like my crooked second toes.

And I have no desire to have them straightened now.

Thank you to all who replied on this thread.

Aug 19, 2014
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same issue
by: Anonymous

i have this same issue. they both curve identically outward, and all other toes are normal. i've had xrays of my foot that show that it's just the end portion of the toe that is crookend and not at the base of the toe.

either way, up until now i've really never thought twice about it, but i've had a recurring pain at the base of the metatarsal there where the toe and foot connect, and i'm hoping it's something unrelated to the curve.

Jul 30, 2014
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Good questions
by: sam

I have enjoyed this 5 year old conversation. I too have a 45 degree curving outward from the big toe second and third toe curvature. DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHAT THE MEDICAL TERM FOR THIS CONDITION? Track runners toes?
Also is this fixable? Seems to conflicting advice here.

Jul 27, 2014
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Crooked Second Toes
by: Anonymous

I have very crooked second toes, actually from birth. My son inherited my good luck, as well...sandals, flip flops and open toe shoes are my enemy. I have toe cramps very often, especially in cold weather or when swimming. I came to this site looking for options to correct this, but from the doctor's comments, I think I'd better off to just be happy I don't have constant pain.

Jul 23, 2014
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Crooked toes
by: Anonymous

I Also have this. Not sure if it's from birth but noticed it lately. No pain, but I think it may be getting more pronounced. Apparently I have bunions, but not too pronounced. High arches too. I always thought my feet looked better than average + wouldn't be worried about the 2 nd toe. However if there is anyone out there who is more knowledgeable + thinks that I should do something to prevent any future problems I'd be grateful for advice.

Jul 07, 2014
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True problem
by: Anonymous

So I had this same problem. And I always thought my toe was crooked, but that's not the case, and I came across the solution when I was looking somewhere else. I was dealing with bad alignment problems throughout my body, and when correcting them, a lot came down to the arches of my feet. What is most likely going on with your toe is that you actually have lost your arch, so all of the toes to the outside of your big toe rotated outwards. Do you get foot cramps often? This is your foot trying to realign your arches. After a lot of work with my physical therapist, I have strengthened my arches, and my toes are straight. Try something, while sitting, roll your foot outward so that the crocked toe aims straight down, now your big toe should be up In the air, and the outside of your foot is probably the only part still on the ground. Now slowly stretch the ball of your foot, right behind the big toe, reaching to touch the ground, but keeping your other toes still. Imagine your big toe sliding around the side of your second toe. This will be difficult at first because you are not used to it, but you are actually stretching your foot to be in the proper position. Notice, once you can reach the ball of your foot to the ground, your arches are much more pronounced.

Mar 29, 2013
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croked toe repair
by: Anonymous

there is a capsule that holds toes in the right place that can be repaired, my ortho told me.

Aug 17, 2012
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second toes
by: Anonymous

I feel a little bit better that there are other people who have the same issues I have i.e. second toes are bent 45 degree towards the third one.
The only person who had same toes was my Dad. So I think it is hereditary especially if they do not hurt. My little son does not have it though...
I am a 30 year old woman and am still very self-conscious about it...so I try to wear closed shoes even in the summer time.
Anyway, just wanted to let all of you know that you are not alone...and it is not after all not a big deal...smile.

Sep 04, 2011
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crooked second toes
by: Anonymous

I have crooked second toes as well, and my left foot is getting worse, sometimes has pain which might be arthritis but am not sure. I do not even know the proper name of this, but know that I am extremely self conscious and hate wearing sandals as a result of. any suggestions?

Nov 01, 2010
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Hammer toe correction
by: Mr A.

I had hallux valgus with hammer toe correction and now after 5 months i have a lot of pain and it is badly crooked now and when the pin was removed after 6 weeks post op it was bent I think it healed this way and now I think the ortho will have to do it over again.
Any suggestions

Sep 28, 2010
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Same here
by: jimmy nz

My index toes also point toward my 3rd toes on a45ish degree angle.It doesnt cause me any problems but is abit strange looking as some of my friends have pointed out.My left colar bone has a huge curve in at as opposed to my right 1 being dead straight,this means my left shoulders length is alot less than the rights.

Aug 29, 2010
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crooked 2nd toe
by: Anonymous

Could be hereditary. I have several family members with a crooked 2nd toe on both feet. None of them have complained of pain. It just looks weird

Mar 01, 2010
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You're not alone.
by: Anonymous

My second toes both do the same thing that you're describing -- they bend sideways at about a 45-degree angle. And like you, I've never met anyone else who suffers from this. Mine have done this for as long as I can remember. I've thought about surgery but I know insurance wouldn't cover it, and the doctor's comments gave me pause for thought.

Nov 18, 2009
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Crooked Toes
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem with my left 3rd toe. I'm a 16 year old girl and I hate my left foot!

Sep 26, 2009
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second toe
by: Anonymous

Hi. I have had a severe crooked second toe my whole life. I have had a lot of people comment on it too. Now that I am approaching 50 the toe is starting to give me alot of pain, and it is leaning on the toe next to it so they are all crooked. I sure hate the summertime!

Jun 06, 2009
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ON SECOND THOUGHT.........
by: Anonymous

I guess maybe I should just leave well enough alone then. I don't like the way my second toes look but it sounds as though they could look worse after surgery not to mention all the pain!





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