Toe Trainers – A Solution for Overlapping Toes

May 23, 2011(Image by Jeremy Jenum via Flickr)

If you are one of the many people who are dealing with the discomfort of overlapping toes, then you may be able to find relief in a simple device that costs less than $5.00.  Pedifix toe trainers are a soft, cotton-covered splint that cushions and protects your toes from rubbing together.  They require minimal space in your shoes and can be trimmed with scissors for a custom fit.

They are designed to be worn in your shoes with a goal of easing pain by straightening and separating toes that are crooked or overlapping.  This splint can also be utilized to relieve pain from stubbed or broken toes.  They can even be used for hammer toes, although hammer toes may often require a surgical procedure to properly fix.  There have been many new innovations in hammer toe surgery that have eliminated the use of the common K-wire implants.  So if you are dealing with a hammer toe condition, check out the following press release:

Hammertoes are one of the most common deformities of the lesser toes. In the U.S. alone, an estimated 500,000 surgical procedures (representing approximately 1 million toes) are performed each year to treat hammertoes.(1) Today, the majority of these hammertoes are treated with wire pins (also known as "K-wires"), but many patients complain about the inconveniences that come with the wires being exposed out the end of the toe for several weeks - from limitations in activities and shoewear to breakage and dislodgement of the wires.(2) Advances in implant design have made hammertoe implants, including the PRO-TOE(TM) VO Hammertoe Fixation System, a feasible surgical option for many people. Once inserted, the implant remains within the bone, permanently correcting the pain and deformity of hammertoes, thereby eliminating many of the complications specific to wires....More at Wright Medical Group, Inc. Announces the Launch of MiToe(TM ... - MarketWatch (press release)

Toe trainers, like the Pedifix model, are not for serious cases of overlapping toes.  More serious cases will typically require surgery to correct, and you should always consult with your physician for advice on the best path to resolving your specific issue.  Check out the following video if you want to see some examples of some more serious cases.  It may make you feel much better about your current condition.

So talk to your doctor about your overlapping toes.  They can refer you to a podiatrist to determine the best course of action.  If you take no action, your condition will only get worse, so act today.