Mallet toe treatment can take many forms. Fortunately, most people find relief with conservative treatments. That means they don’t need surgery. If the mallet toe is still flexible, your healthcare provider may recommend: Gently exfoliating, or smoothing, calluses. Putting toe pads on corns or calluses. Reducing inflammation with a steroid injection. Stretching your toes frequently. Using orthotics (special shoe inserts) to take pressure off the affected toe. Wearing shoes with extra room in the toes. For people with diabetes, proper foot care is essential. Tips for foot health include: Checking your feet for sores or injuries each day. Keeping your feet clean and dry. Trimming your toenails regularly. Never try to cut off corns or calluses yourself. Always allow a healthcare provider to assess diabetes-related foot issues. The provider will recommend the best treatment.