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a. One of the digits of a vertebrate foot.
b. The forepart of a foot or hoof.
c. The terminal segment of an invertebrate's limb.
2. The part of a sock, shoe, or boot that covers the digits of the foot.
3. The lowest, outermost, or endmost part, as:
a. The part of the head of a golf club farthest from the shaft.
b. The part of a vertical shaft that turns in a bearing.
c. The lowest part of an embankment or dam.
d. Geology A protruding downslope end of an alluvial fan, glacier, or lava flow.
v. toed, toe·ing, toes
1. To touch, kick, or reach with the toe.
2. To drive (a golf ball) with the toe of the club.
3. To set or adjust at an oblique angle. Used with in or out.
a. To drive (a nail or spike) at an oblique angle.
b. To fasten or secure with obliquely driven nails or spikes.
To stand, walk, move, or be formed with the toes pointed in a specified direction: He toes out.
on (one's) toes
Ready to act; alert.
step/tread on (someone's) toes
To hurt, offend, or encroach on the feelings, actions, or province of.
toe the line/mark
1. To adhere to doctrines or rules conscientiously; conform.
2. Sports & Games To touch a mark or line with the toe or hands in readiness for the start of a race or competition.

[Middle English, from Old English ; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]
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To prevent toe deformities, choose shoes with a wide toe box, soft soles, and a low heel height to reduce the pressure and compression on the toes.
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The authors noted 38 flat feet, 5 hallux valgus, and 6 cases of minor toe deformities. It was found that flatter feet and lesser toe deformities are not associated with foot-specific disability in children and adolescents with DS.
Toe deformities found in our patient are another dysmorphic finding which has not been identified before.
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The contributions that make up the main body of the text are devoted to the foot and ankle examination, the role of the ankle and foot in walking, nail and skin disorders of the foot, hallux valgus, metatarsalgia, lesser toe deformities, and associated disorders of the forefoot, arthritides of the foot, the diagnosis and operative management of ankle arthritis, and a wide variety of other related subjects.
Surgical correction of hammer toe deformities is one of the most commonly performed forefoot procedures.
Women with diabetes-related peripheral neuropathy should avoid wearing toe rings as with aggravating toe deformities these rings can cause 'strangulation'of swollen feet.
Physical exam demonstrated tight heel cords, exaggerated foot arches, and claw toe deformities. A magnetic resonance imaging performed in 2009 revealed a low-lying cord tethered at S2 due to a terminal lipomyelomeningocele.
Washington, May 20 ( ANI ): White men and women of European descent inherit common foot disorders, such as bunions (hallux valgus) and lesser toe deformities, including hammer or claw toe, a new study has revealed.
These include neuromuscular disorders; nerve entrapment syndromes; the diabetic foot; hellux valgus, hallix varus, and sesamoid disorders; lesser toe deformities and bunionettes; tendon disorders; heal and subcalcaneal pain; degenerative joint disease; acute ankle sprain, chronic ankle instability, and subtalar laxity; and trauma.