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, and limit the choice of shoes you can wear with comfort and confidence. 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. In this article, we'll break down our choices of the most effective solutions to these problems to point you in the right direction.
The Problem: Bunions
Bunions are bony lumps that form on the sides of either, or both, of 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.
The Solution: 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. Look below for our recommendations.
The Problems: Ingrown Toenails, Overlapping Toes, Claw Toes and Hammer Toes
Ingrown toenails and overlapping toes are common self-explanatory conditions, but what are claw and hammer toes? 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 as a result of wearing ill-fitting or tight shoes.
The Solution: 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. Look below for our recommendations.
Best Toe Separator for Claw Toes
Claw toe can be painful, so it's important that you use toe separators that are specifically designed to treat the condition. The Pro11 Stay-Put Toe Separators (Pack of 2) comprises of two silicone separators that ensure proper alignment of your toes. They fit on easily over your toes, reduce friction and then separate and spread out any overlapping toes.
Best Toe Separator for Hammer Toes
Pro11 Triple Loop Toe Crest
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.
Best Toe Spreader for Exercise and Activity
Pro11 Yoga Toes Spreader and Corrector
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.
Best Bunion Guard for Hallux Bunions
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.
Best Bunion Guard for Both the Big and Little Toes
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.
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