Best Toe Separators, Bunion Correctors and Toe Guards
Thursday, 22 February 2018
Bunions, overlapping toes, hammer toes, claw toes and ingrown toenails are all foot problems that can cause pain, inhibit everyday tasks, interfere with exercise and sports activities, limit the shoes that you can wear, and just make you feel downright miserable. Fortunately, there are a number of different products that can alleviate pain caused by these foot conditions, space out your toes to enable you to be more active, and possibly even realign the joints of the toes to reduce the deformity. Here's what these products are, and what they can do for you.
Bunion Correctors and Guards
Bunions are bony lumps that form on the sides of either, or both, the big toes (called hallux valgus) or the little toes (called a bunionette or tailor's bunion). Bunions typically cause pain on the side or bottom of the foot, and this is usually worse when you wear shoes – especially high heels, tight shoes and shoes with pointed toes. Over time, pressure placed on bunions by shoes can force the toes to bend inwards. This can be painful and cause friction between the toes, which often results in blisters and calluses.
Bunion correctors are available in a variety of styles, including gel-lined sleeves that cushion the big toes and crests that spread and realign the toes. While bunions can only be corrected completely with surgery, bunion correctors and bunion guards can greatly enhance the comfort of your shoes and some will even straighten the joints of your bent toes to reduce the degree of deformity.
Toe separators can be used to treat a number of foot conditions and deformities, including ingrown toenails, overlapping toes, claw toes and hammer toes. While ingrown toenails and overlapping toes are common conditions and are pretty self-explanatory, you may be wondering what claw toes and hammer toes are, and what the difference is between the two. Simply put, a hammer toe is a deformity where the first joint of the toe bends upwards and the middle joint bends downwards, while a claw toe refers to a deformity where the first joint cocks upwards and the middle and end joints of the toe curl downwards. Both conditions can be present at birth or can develop over time (often as a result of wearing ill-fitting or tight shoes).
Toe separators are easy-to-use devices designed to spread out the toes for effective relief from pain caused by ingrown toenails and overlapping toes. They can also be used to aid the healing of sores caused by friction between overlapping toes. Some toe separators also realign the joints of the lesser toes and apply gentle pressure to the toe joints to straighten out bent claw and hammer toes. By straightening bent toes, these devices not only alleviate toe pain, but can also remedy metatarsal and ball-of-foot pain caused by bent toes.
Our Pick of the Best Toe Separators, Bunion Correctors and Toe Guards
The Neo G Silicone Toe Crest with Loop is an ergonomically designed, single-loop toe crest that cushions the base of the toes on the underside of the foot. It provides relief from pain, friction and irritation caused by claw and hammer toes. This toe crest not only reduces pain in bent toes, but can also reduce ball-of-foot pain caused by bent toes, and can make shoes more comfortable for individuals with hammer or claw toes.
The Pro11 Triple Loop Toe Crest is a silicone toe crest that separates and straightens the second, third and fourth toes to reduce pressure, prevent sores and relieve toe and ball-of-foot pain caused by hammer toes. With extended use, this crest may actually realign the toe joints and reduce the severity of hammer toes.
The Neo G Silicone Toe Spreaders are ergonomically shaped silicone toe spreaders that fit comfortably between individual toes and provide relief from discomfort by gently realigning the toes to their correct position. They are effective for the treatment of close and overlapping toes, and can aid the healing of ingrown toenails and inter-digital corns, calluses and blisters.
The Pro11 Yoga Toes Spreader and Corrector is a solid toe separator designed to space out all five toes. It can be worn at almost any time of day or night – including during stretching, yoga and sports – to alleviate toe pain. In addition to reducing pain, this toe spreader may even help to increase your speed, improve your balance and posture, and reduce the occurrence of injury when worn during physical activity.
The GelSmart M2-Gel Toe Bunion Guard is a gel-lined sleeve that slips over the big toe to provide cushioning and protection to a bunion. It can prevent friction and pressure sores caused by shoe rubbing on hallux bunions. This toe guard can be worn with socks and closed shoes, and can be trimmed down for a customised and comfortable fit.
The Pro11 Big and Little Toe Straighteners for Bunions are lightweight and breathable fabric sleeves that cushion the big and little toes simultaneously. They can be worn with most closed shoes to reduce friction between bunions and shoes, and alleviate bunion pain. Over time, these padded bunion guards may actually straighten the toes and reduce the severity of bunions.