Claw-foot, or PES CAVUS, is a familial deformity of the foot characterised by an abnormally high arch of the foot accompanied by shortening of the foot, clawing of the toes, and inversion, or turning inwards, of the foot and heel. Its main eﬀect is to impair the resilience of the foot resulting in a stiﬀ gait and aching pain. Milder cases are treated with special shoes ﬁtted with a sponge rubber insole. More severe cases may require surgical treatment.
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