Carefully extend the claw, find the right place for clipping, and clip off the tip of the claw. Different types of claw clippers can be bought at pet stores, but I use a regular human nail clipper, it works just fine. At first, you might be able to do only one or two claws, then the cat will start showing signs of displeasure - jerking the paw away or trying to leave. That's okay; do not insist on continuing the procedure, you can finish it later. Ectrodactyly may be present alone, or may be part of a number of birth defects. Hand deformation alone is unlikely to affect health. It is necessary to keep the foot completely dry after surgery, if not the wound can start to "rot" and surgery will be necessary again to clean up the wound. Unfortunately I made this mistake and my dog had to spend 2 weeks in the Vet's hospital. After amputation, your dog should make a full recovery and be able to walk again normally. It will take a few months for a full recovery. In both your toe shoes and your everyday shoes, appropriate sizing is vital. There absolutely must be room for your toes. If your second toe is longer, it is the toe that you select shoe length for. On the basis of these symptoms, the doctors decide the type of medication needed. If the claw toe is flexible and easily repairable, simple medications like changing the footwear and pain killers are prescribed. But if in case the claw toe becomes rigid, it makes the toe movement almost nil and is very painful. The solution to a rigid claw toes is surgery. There are many potential causes of pain in the toes, including arthritis in the feet, ingrown toenails, toe deformities, toe sprains, toe fractures and sesamoid fractures. This article will briefly describe these common causes of toe pain. Due to daily pressure on the bent toe joint, corns or calluses frequently form on the top of the middle toe joint, or, on the tip of the toe. The bent toe can be painful, and make it difficult and uncomfortable to properly fit into shoes. When the joint's still pretty flexible, it may be possible to treat the condition entirely without surgery. This will likely be accomplished by your podiatrist prescribing orthotics (fancy shoe inserts designed specifically for you) that will help correct the imbalance in your foot that's causing the hammertoes. Surgery may not help how your foot looks, and your toe problem may also come back after surgery. This is more likely if you continue to wear the types of shoes that cause toe problems. The symptoms of hammer, claw, and mallet toes are deformity of the toe, pain, and difficulty fitting into shoes. These toe joint deformities are usually easy to see by looking at the toes and comparing them to pictures of these deformities. Whether the toe problem is fixed or flexible With a flexible deformity, you have more options fortreatment. For a severe fixed deformity, surgery may be the only solution whennonsurgical methods fail to control pain.