July 16, 2023

Why is My Pinky Toe Sideways?

The Pinky Toe is often pushed into an unnatural position by a combination of factors. One of these factors is tight calf muscles. Another is a misalignment of the little toe bone (also known as the fifth metatarsal). The result of all these forces is that the pinky toe becomes loose and starts to turn sideways. Over time this causes the ligaments that hold it in place to become loose as well, and they eventually break down. This is a condition called a hammertoe or crooked pinky toe.

Other causes of a crooked pinky toe include repetitive stress injuries like running or participating in high impact sports, especially those that require jumping. These activities can lead to a stress fracture of the 5th metatarsal, and symptoms typically include pain on weight bearing, swelling and bruising. This type of injury can also occur with a sprained pinky toe, which is most common when the little toe gets caught in or pulled upwards, often when wearing shoes that are too small such as flip flops.

Several different treatment options are available for a crooked pinky toe, depending on the cause and severity of the problem. Orthotic devices such as toe splints and wraps can help straighten the toe and prevent the toe from worsening over time. Other treatment options can include stretching and exercise to strengthen the muscles in the foot and toes. Lastly, injections of botox can provide relief by relaxing the muscle, helping the toe regain its normal position.


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