Should I Be Worried About My Crossed Toes?

Crossing toes are a symptom of a disorder that can cause foot painDoes it hurt every time you walk? Have you noticed that your second toe is drifting toward your big toe, possibly even crossing over it? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you may have a condition known as pre-dislocation syndrome.

If you have pre-dislocation syndrome, the stabilizing tissue in your toe or toes (usually the second one) becomes inflamed; if the condition progresses, that tissue could even rupture, leaving your toe permanently misshapen.

As the inflammation of the tissue progresses, you experience pain and swelling, making it more difficult to wear shoes (especially those with smaller toe-boxes, like pointy-toed stilettos.) If you’ve already noticed that your toes are crossed, this means the condition has likely progressed quite a bit, which means its definitely time to see your Houston podiatrist!

The good news is that pre-dislocation syndrome can often be treated without surgery, especially if we catch it early on. Some of the more conservative treatment options we can explore include taping the toes, padding, changing your shoe-type, wearing orthotics, foot immobilization and anti-inflammatory medications.

If the pain continues through treatment, or your toe deformities continue to worsen, surgery may be necessary, but that would be a last resort.

The key to avoiding such invasive treatment is to see me as soon as you notice pain in our foot or toes. With pre-dislocation syndrome, as with almost all foot, toe or ankle problems, the sooner you see your podiatrist, the better your outcome is likely to be. 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.