Your toes should naturally point forwards however if you are suffering from hammer toes your toes may point downwards or upwards. This condition usually affect the 2nd and 3rd toe and more often than not develops overtime from wearing ill fitting and tight shoes. Both men and women are equally affected and is most common amongst the elderly and athletes. Your toe is made up of two different joints that allow it to bend, when you are suffering from hammer toes it usually is because one of these toe joints has become dislocated. There are many reasons as to why this might have occurred for instances:
Trauma or high impact to the toe.
Metatarsalgia causing excessive pressure around your metatarsal bones that can cause deformity.
Arthritis & Gout weakening your joints.
High arches placing excessive pressure on the toe during the gait cycle.
Wearing ill fitting and tight shoes the bunch up the toes and place excessive pressure on the joints.
A bunion placing excessive pressure on the toes causing them to deform.
Hammer toes usually cause pain and stiffness in the toes and ball of feet and can make walking and running very uncomfortable. This can affect your gait placing extra strain and pressure on other parts of your foot and can cause other foot and lower limb problems to arise as a result. Fortunately this condition is treatable with a number of different treatments available upon the severity of the deformity that you can try. If your hammer toes are caused by a bunion protecting and supporting your bunion using a bunion protector can help, bunion protectors are designed to realign and support your big toe joint stopping the bunion from causing pressure on your other toes and causing the deformity. If your condition is caused by having high arches a pair of arch support insoles an help. Arch support insoles help to correct the biomechanics of your feet by supporting your arch and preventing pressure from damaging your toe joints and causing a deformity. Arch support insoles can also help to protect your feet from other foot injuries such as plantar fasciitis and heel spurs.
Metatarsalgia can cause excessive pressure on your toes and deform them however wearing metatarsal pads in your shoes can help support the ball of the foot and prevent and treat metatarsalgia. Toe separators and toe straighteners can also help to treat hammers toes. Easily attached onto the affected toe, these devices are designed to help support and reposition your toes in a natural position helping to prevent and treat dislocated toe joints. Toe separators and straighteners are the easiest and most affordable method for treating mild this foot condition. Below you can find a range of different inserts and footcare products to help treat and get rid of your hammer toes once and for all. All of our products come with a full 30 day money back guarantee which means if you are unhappy with your purchase for whatever reason you can simply return them back to us within 30 days of receiving your item and we promise to give you a full refund, no questions asked! If you have any questions about any of our products or are unsure which product will be right for you then please feel free to get in touch with us using our contact page above. You can also post a message on our forums where we will be more than willing to help you.
Please note, if you are suffering from a hammer toe where your toe severely deformed it is recommended that you go see your GP as surgery maybe required to correct the deformity