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Straightening the Toes

Straightening the Toes

By Taikhum Sadiq

What are the problems affecting the toes?

There are a number of problems that can affect the toes. Crooked toes are one of the most common problems associated with this joint. There are different types of crooked toes, for example, mallet, overlapped, claw, and hammer toes. They might cause problem in functioning and can also be painful.

  • Overlapping Toes - This usually happens when one toe comes over or overlaps the other toe. It is characterized by redness in between two toes.
     
  • Hammer Toes – A hammer toe affects the first tow joints of the toe. It makes the joint bend and raises the knuckle upward.
     
  • Mallet Toes – This affects the last joint at the end of the toe. It causes the knuckle near the toenail to bend and point the toe tip upward.
     
  • Claw Toes – This usually looks like a combination of a mallet and a hammer toe event. It affects all three joints causing the second knuckle to bend upwards and last knuckle to curl underneath.

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What are the causes of these problems?

Extra stress over one joint can cause problems for the toes. Many a time, women who wear heels and pointy toed shoes are more vulnerable to toe defects. Hereditary factors and neuromuscular disorders can also be a major reason for this. Birth defects and arthritis can also be some of the reasons.

What are the treatment options?

If the crooked toes are rigid then they may require surgery. However, the progression of the condition for toes that are flexible can sometimes be slowed, and surgery may be able to be postponed, by re-evaluating footwear and selecting more comfortable styles, including those with a wide toe box. Wearing toe spacers or splints to separate or straighten crooked toes or using foot cushions to prevent or relieve blisters, corns or calluses are other options of treatment and healing.

What are my options?

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  • Silipos Antibacterial Gel Toe Separators are specially formulated with a tested and proven antimicrobial ingredient that kills up to 99.9 percent of bacteria and fungus. They reduce friction and irritation between toes. Gel toe separators comfortably fit between toes to gently divide, cushion, and align toes. The antimicrobial ingredient is contained in the gel and exudes onto the skin. This product is washable and reusable.
  • PediFix Visco-Gel Hammer Toe Cushion will ease pressure on toe tips to help prevent corns, calluses and blisters. Also soothes ball-of-foot pain often associated with hammer, claw or arthritic toe conditions. The stretchable gel ring holds cushion in place without adhesives. Durable, washable and reusable for months.
  • YogaToes Toe Stretcher is designed to revolutionize the way of caring the foot. This patended ergonomic design works between, above and beneath toes to stretch them apart from each other, away from the ball of the foot and down from the top of the foot. To stimulate this effect, spread the fingers apart and out as far as possible which will result in muscles working and stretching.
  • Silipos Digital Pads on a Strip are medical grade mineral oil gel pads on a continuous strip. It provides a more cost effective alternative to digital pads. The molded discs of silipos soothing and moisturizing gel on one side cushion and protect while providing relief from shear and abrasive forces. This product is washable and reusable.