This progressive toe deformity occurs when any or all of the small toes start to flex and curl under. The toe joint becomes prominent and possibly rubs on the inside of the shoe which can result in a corn. This condition occurs from an imbalance of tendons within the foot which creates this cocking up of the toes. Because they are related to faulty foot mechanics, they will progress and get worse, but tight shoes or stockings can contribute to the development. Treatment should include toe padding, and shoe changes, but if they are rigid, the only true treatment is surgery to straighten the joint.