A mallet toe results when the joint at the end of the toe cannot straighten. Repeated rubbing of the mallet toe against the top of the shoe can lead to pain and the development of a corn. The edge of the toe is often turned down against the shoe causing pressure and pain.
Mallet toe can be seen as a complication in arthritis. This condition can be aggravated by habitual wearing of restrictive or improperly fitting footwear for a prolonged duration
Conservative treatment of mallet toes is directed to relieve pressure, reduce friction, and transfer forces from the sensitive areas. Shoes with a high and broad toe box (toe area) are suggested for people suffering from mallet toes. This prevents further irritation in the toe area from developing. Forefoot supports such as gel toe caps, gel toe shields and toe crests provide immediate comfort and relief from forefoot disorders without drying the skin.
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