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Hammer Toes: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevention

What are Hammer Toes?

Hammer Toes occur when one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes start to bend. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing various problems such as pain on the toes when wearing shoes, corns on the toes and calluses (hard skin) on the bottom of the toe or on the ball of the foot.

Corns and calluses can be painful and make it difficult to find comfortable shoes. But even without corns and calluses, Hammer Toes can cause pain because the joint itself may become dislocated.

What Causes Hammer Toes?

The most common cause of Hammer Toes is a muscle/tendon imbalance. This imbalance, which leads to a bending of the toe, results from mechanical (structural) changes in the foot that occur over time in some people.

Hammer Toes are often aggravated by shoes that don't fit properly—for example, shoes that crowd the toes. Occasionally, Hammer Toes are caused by some kind of trauma, such as a previously broken toe. In some people, Hammer Toes are inherited.

This information is for guidance only. If you are in doubt at all, please consult your nearest health professional.

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Silipos Gel Toe Crest x 3

The Gel Toe Crest provides maximum comfort and reduces pressure on the toes and metatarsals. The soft silicone gel will not bottom out like foam and the reinforced toe loop increases durability. This product is washable and reusable.

£15.95

Silipos All Gel Digital Caps

All Gel Digital Caps condition and soften the skin while protecting toes. They are ideal for easing pressure and friction caused by corns, blisters, and ingrown nails. This product is washable and reusable.

£5.95

Silipos Gel Foot Cover (pair)

Offers complete toe protection. Ideal if activity places stress on the toes. Made from a thin layer of gel covered on both sides with fabric. Extends to under the metatarsal heads. Worn comfortably in every day footwear. Can be worn under hosiery. Pair.

From £11.60

Silipos Digital Pads on a Strip

Mineral oil gel pads on a continuous strip. Elastic tubing is easy to cut to preferred size and once cut, the product is turned inside out so the gel can be applied to the skin. Provides a more cost effective alternative to Digital Pads.

£32.00

Silipos DigiStrip

Half coated with mineral oil gel strip. Elastic tubing is easy to cut to preferred size. Once cut, product is turned inside out so gel can be applied to skin. Provides a more cost effective alternative. Two strips per pack, each strip is 60cm long. Approximately 30 pads per strip (when cut to 3cm lengths).

£34.00

Silipos Digital Pads (12 per pack)

Protects toes from friction & alleviates footwear pressure. Helps relieve painful corns, calluses and hammer toe pain. The gel allows for custom placement.

£17.95

Silipos Gel Toe Tubes

Fully lined with gel for all-round protection. Cushions and protects toes against pressure and friction. The mineral oil gel soothes and moisturises the skin.

£5.85

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