Claw toe, Hammer Toe, and Mallet Toe are forms of toe deformities that are often considered to be the same condition because they are similar to each other. Despite similarities, they are different conditions that have minor differences. 

Hammer toe, mallet toe, and claw toe should not be taken lightly – the earlier they are diagnosed and treated, the more manageable and comfortable they are.  If you are suffering from hammer toe, mallet toe, or claw toe consult with your podiatrist or orthopedic foot doctor to understand your corrective options. 

What is the difference between Claw Toe, Hammer Toe, and Mallet Toe?

Here is a visual diagram to help you understand the differences between Hammer toe, Mallet toe, and Claw toe.


To learn  more about each condition, separately, please select a condition below:

Claw Toe

Hammer Toe

Mallet Toe

Suggested Products for Claw Toe, Hammer Toe, and Mallet Toe

Hammer Toe Crests Synthetic
Product Description: Helps relieve hammer, claw or mallet toes. Supports bent-under toes while easing pressure on toe-tips and reducing stress on metatarsal shafts. Washable. Each cushion has an adjustable elastic toe loop to keep it in place.

Slipos Gel Hammer Toe Crest
Product Description: Helps to relieve pressure and pain caused by hammer, claw, and mallet toes. Made of soft silicone the Gel Toe Crest provides maximum comfort and reduces pressure from the toes and metatarsals. Soft Silicone Gel will not bottom out like foam and the reinforced toe loop increases durability. Available in left and right sizes small and large. This product is washable and reusable.

Pedifix P51 Pedi-Smart Toe Trainers
Product Description: Splints for problem toes. Ease pain by separating and straightening crooked, overlapping, and hammer toes with these soft, fabric covered splints. Adjustable Velcro fasteners for a custom fit and toe alignment. Require minimal space in shoes. Fit left or right foot. One size fits most.

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