Health Tip: Choose the Right Shoe for a Hammer Toe

Here's what you can do

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(HealthDay News) -- A hammer toe means the toe is pointed permanently downward, a painful deformity that typically stems from a shoe that's too tight.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends:

  • Choose a shoe with a soft toe box with plenty of wiggle room.
  • Make sure the shoe is at least 1/2 inch longer than your longest toe.
  • Select a shoe that's not too tight or narrow, and does not have a high heel.
  • Avoid sandals.
  • If you do develop a hammer toe, have the shoe stretched professionally to accommodate the condition.

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