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Are there physical therapy exercises to prevent toe problems?

I have developed claw toes in both the toe next to my big toe and the one next to that. I broke my leg in several places and was in a cast & wheelchair for over 8 months. Since out of casting and the wheelchair I am still in an orthopedic shoe since I m unable to get into a regular shoe due to swelling. My orthopedic surgeon mentioned that I have developed claw toes and they seem to be getting worse. I ve had several previous foot surgeries--hammer toe, bunionectomy, and none of them involved these toes. Are there any physical therapy motions , exercises I can do to keep this from getting worse?? I m still having healing issues w/my leg (tibia broken in 3 places, fibula broken in half) and I can only deal w/1 serious issue at a time. Thanks for your help.........................Susan
Asked On : Sun, 26 Jan 2014
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for your query.
To do stretching exercises, gently pull on your toes to stretch the bent joints in the other direction, and hold the stretch for several seconds at a time. For example, if a joint bends up, gently stretch it down. Work on just one joint at a time. You should feel a long, slow, gentle pulling. Do this stretching several times in the morning and several times in the evening. To work on strength, try putting a towel camera flat under your feet and using your toes to crumple it and using your toes to pick up things, such as marbles camera. Your doctor, nurse, or physical therapist may be able to recommend more exercises.
I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
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Answered: Tue, 4 Feb 2014
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