Claw Toe M20.5X9 735.5

ICD-9 Classification / Treatment
Etiology / Natural History Associated Injuries / DDx
Anatomy Complications
Clinical Evaluation Follow-up Care
Xray / Diagnositc Tests Review References

synonyms:claw toe

Claw Toe ICD-10

Claw Toe ICD-9

  •  735.5 Claw Toe (acquired)

Claw Toe Etiology / Epidemiology / Natural History

  •  MTP dorsiflexion, PIP flexion, DIP flexion
  • Generally occurs in all toes and is often related to underlying neuromuscular disorder.
  • If isolated to one toe a neuromuscular cause is unlikely.

Claw Toe Anatomy


Claw Toe Clinical Evaluation

  • Generally presents do to painful dorsal callus

Claw Toe Xray / Diagnositc Tests

Claw Toe Classification / Treatment

  • Flexible  deformity: accomidative footwear, protective padding.  Consider semirigid orthotic with metatarsal pads for patients with associated metatarsalgia.  Consider transfer of FDL dorsally over midshaft of prox phalanx.
  • Fixed deformity: Resection arthroplasty of the head and neck of the proximal phalanx vs PIP arthrodesis.

Claw Toe Associated Injuries / Differential Diagnosis


Claw Toe Complications

Claw Toe Follow-up Care


Claw Toe Review References

  • Myerson MS, Fott and Ankle Disorders WB Saunders, 2000