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Hammer toes.

The shape of your toes and how they affect the shape of your footwear.

What are hammer toes?

Or a claw toe, occurs when any of the small toes of your foot become bent and prominent (rise up). The four small toes of your foot are each made up of 3 bones, with joints in between them. In a normal foot, these bones and joints are straight. However, when your toes begin to bend at the first or second joint, this is known as a hammer toe.

Sometimes, a Bursa (like a deep blister) is formed over your joint, and this can become inflamed. Callus (hard skin) or corns can also form over your joints, or at the end of your toe.

How a hammer toe is formed.

The most common cause of a hammer toe is a muscle or tendon imbalance. This imbalance leads to a bending of the toe, and is a result from mechanical (structural) or neurological changes in the foot, that occur over time in some people. The other causes can be summarised as:

〉 Arthritis.
〉 Trauma.
〉 Unusually high arched feet.
〉 Ill-fitting shoes.
〉 Tight ligaments and tendons in the foot.
〉 Pressure from a Bunion.

How we can help.

Hammer toes are always a tricky condition to buy footwear with, as often the shape of the toes requires a very deep toe-box to be able to fit well, without irritating the toes.

Often, severe hammer toes will require surgery to correct. However, appropriate footwear can go a long way in relieving the symptoms that cause discomfort on a daily basis.

Aside from a deep toe box, footwear with an elasticated upper can be an excellent choice.

Featured products.

Specific footwear that can relieve the symptoms of hammer toes.


From Waldlaufer.

For sensitive feet. In particular, feet that are prone to pressure points, bulges, or deformities. With Orthotritt technology integrated into the Henni-Soft range, the upper materials are flexible, and can therefore easily adapt to the unique shape of your foot. It is also for this reason, that they provide the highest comfort possible.

Special Inner Lining
Anti-bacterial and moisture absorbing inner-lining provides a comfortable and healthy foot climate.

Soft Cushioning
Soft cushioning prevents stressed areas from receiving additional pressure.

Our content has been created in conjunction with the Royal College of Podiatry. It is not a substitute for professional assessment, diagnosis or treatment.


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