Anyone with hammer toes will know how difficult it can be to get around. Whether you’re going for a jog, shopping, or simply taking a walk, they cause discomfort and pain with each step you take! While the only permanent option to fix hammertoes is traditional or minimally invasive surgery, luckily, there’s a handy little device that can ease that pain: a hammer toe straightener.
They come in a variety of styles and materials to suit the needs of each individual. But with such a selection to choose from, how can you tell which ones are worth your investment? We’ve got you covered. Here are three of the most popular types of hammer toe straighteners:
If you’re looking for an orthotic with high-quality support for your hammer toe, a gel splint may be a good option. Most gel splints will give its users one to three separate loops to encompass the inner three toes in a cushioned gel padding. This padding also offers arch support for your foot and works to prevent unwanted rubbing caused by crooked hammer toes. This separating brace runs along the bottom of your toes and is ideal for those that suffer from multiple hammer toes on the same foot. Wear them under shoes, under socks, or rock them barefoot!
If you’ve ever had a pedicure before, this option may be familiar. There are two common toe separator orthotics, one that fully surrounds and separates each toe and one that leaves the tops of the toes open. This thick orthotic option separates and stretches the toes to eliminate that stiff, uncomfortable feeling that you’ve put up with the entire day. The sturdy, yet flexible, medical-grade gel material will help realign your toes and keep them cozy at the same time. Because of their sturdiness, these can’t be worn with shoes, but a sock should still be able to cover your feet while you let your toes do their thing.
Single Gel Spreaders
Small, simple, and affordable, a single hammer toe gel spreader is perfect for those that are lucky enough to only be bothered with one hammer toe. The small piece of gel is easy to slip on over the afflicted toe and will keep it from sliding under neighboring toes. It can be worn with or without shoes, and the gel cushioning acts as a supportive blanket that surrounds all sides of the toe to keep it from rubbing up against other toes, preventing blistering and irritation. If you’re looking for something discreet and non-invasive, this is the orthotic for you.
The Best Solution
While there are plenty of excellent solutions to help relieve the pain with your hammer toes, none of them serve as a permanent one. The only sure way to fix your hammer toes is through surgery, but that doesn’t mean you need to have your foot sliced open every which way just to do so. Northwest Surgery Center can provide minimally invasive surgery to get you back up and on your feet in no time at all!