What causes crooked toes?
Causes and Symptoms
Inappropriate footwear is the leading cause of crooked toes.
Footwear that possesses heel elevation, rigid soles, tapering toe boxes, and toe-spring may force your toes into unusual positions and encourage muscle or tendon imbalances in your feet and lower extremities.
Can a crooked toe be straightened?
If the toe stays bent long enough, the muscles tighten and the toe will not be able to straighten out. Certain shoes – wearing high heels or shoes that are too tight through the box can force toes into a flexed position. When worn repeatedly, the toes may not be able to straighten, even when barefoot.
How can I straighten my toes naturally?
Your doctor or physical therapist may be able to suggest more exercises.
- Gently pull on your toes to stretch the bent joints. For example, if a joint bends up, gently stretch it down.
- Do towel curls. Put a towel flat under your feet and use your toes to crumple it.
- Do marble pickups.
How can I straighten my hammer toes without surgery?
- Wear sensible shoes. If you don’t want to have surgery to fix your hammertoe, Dr.
- Use a pumice stone. The corn or callus that forms on top of the hammertoe can cause discomfort when you wear shoes.
- Do foot exercises. Dr.