Pedifix PolyFoam Toe Comb
Toe Comb Toe Separators can be worn on top or underneath toes to provide relief of pressure or friction. Use when treating foot fungus infections. The Toe Comb Toe Separators relieve multiple inter-toe irritations.
- PolyFoam Toe Combs can be worn on top of or underneath toes to relieve pressure and friction.
- They also divide, cushion and protect irritated or crooked toes.
- A Toe Comb helps keep inter-digital space dry to inhibit fungus growth and hold anti-fungal medicines in place.
- The toe comb cushion fits between all toes or can be cut apart to fit between specific toes only.
- Interchangeable for left or right foot.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Toe Separators aka Toe Spacers Primarily Used For?
Whether you’re a runner or not, your feet take a real beating every day. Factors like natural foot positioning and what kind of shoes you wear have the potential to negatively affect the health of your feet. When wearing narrow-toed shoes, for example, your toes will be pressed together, aligning them uncomfortably. This essentially changes the natural form of your feet, which can lead to a host of problems over the long term.
What are some facts about toe separators for runners?
Toe separators aren’t as cumbersome as they once were, nor are they a one-size-fits-all solution anymore. You can order thinner – but still effective – toe separators in a variety of different sizes that you can wear comfortably. The sizes ranges and some are thin enough that you can wear them every day. There are even some toe separators made to look like socks.
Toe separators are now made in a variety of different ways, including gel, moleskin, cotton, and foam. The medical-grade gel separators seem to be particularly popular among runners. They’re thin but protective and durable and easily cleaned with soap and water.
There are even separator kits, so you can mix and match what separator you need at a given time. Some kits include pain relief separators, aligners, protectors, and toe straighteners.
What Are Some Toe Separator Benefits?
Toe separators are made to release pressure and realign the toes to where they need to be. They’re often used to fight or prevent bunions, crooked toes, claw toes, hammertoes, and perhaps most importantly, plantar fasciitis. All of these are common foot ailments but are most prevalent among runners.
They also offer support–taking the pressure off your toes as you walk. While many people think of toe separators as these soft but bulky attachments – and admittedly many are – they also offer a great deal of variety to accommodate the needs of the user.
Many are slip-proof, so wearing them under your shoes during wet winter months can provide an extra layer of both comfort and protection.
While toe spacers are ostensibly designed just to benefit toes, they also provide benefits to the rest of the foot as well. When the toes are improperly aligned, runners can find themselves damaging the balls of their feet (the area between the arch and the toes). If left untreated, runners can develop neuromas, sesamoiditis, and capsulitis. These are awful conditions that can cause damage and inflammation to tendons, nerves, and joints.
How Can I Straighten My Toes Naturally?
We would advise that you, before attempting any of your own remedies, to get a professional opinion on your specific cause for your crooked toes. In addition to some exercises that will certainly help, consider changing shoes for a pair with more room in the toe box. One way to help with straightening your toes are exercises that focus on strengthening them. Here are a few examples below.
Stretch Bent Joints – For the toes that remain bent at the joints, you can simply stretch down and hold for a few moments. You’ll start to feel slight yet long pulling, which will let you know you’re doing it correctly. You can work one at a time, and repeat the process several times throughout the day.
Pick-Up Exercises – This one is is easy. Simply lay some small items on the floor, marbles work the best, and pick them up with your toes. Then place a cup down to drop them into.
Towel Curls – Another super easy exercise. Lay a towel on the floor and use your toes to bunch it up.
But as mentioned above, your best bet is to know why you need to straighten your toes in the first place, so make sure to take the time to get professional advice. Crooked toes could quickly turn into something much more than an appearance issue. It can turn downright painful, taking away some of that motivation to keep running.