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Hammertoes are a common foot problem that can cause pain and discomfort. If left untreated, they can become a more serious condition, making it difficult to walk and perform everyday activities. Here at DT Footwear, we understand the importance of proper foot care and want to share some simple tips to help prevent hammertoes and maintain good foot health.

What are Hammertoes?

A hammertoe is a condition where the second, third, or fourth toe is bent at the middle joint, causing it to resemble a hammer. This condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, tight shoes, and nerve damage. Hammertoes can also develop as a result of arthritis or other foot conditions.

Did You Know?
The risk of hammertoes increases with age, with women over 50 being the most affected group.

How to Prevent Hammertoes

  1. Wear Proper Footwear: Wearing shoes that fit properly and provide proper support is essential for preventing hammertoes. Avoid shoes with narrow or pointed toes, high heels, or shoes that are too tight. Instead, choose shoes with a wide, deep toe box and a low heel.
  2. Stretch Your Feet: Regular stretching exercises can help prevent hammertoes by keeping your feet flexible and relaxed. Try simple exercises like writing the alphabet with your toes or picking up small objects with your feet.
  3. Strengthen Your Feet: Strengthening exercises can help improve your foot and ankle stability, reducing the risk of developing hammertoes. Try exercises like ankle lifts and foot flexes to strengthen your feet.
  4. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the stress on your feet, reducing the risk of developing hammertoes.
  5. Practice Good Foot Hygiene: Regularly washing and moisturizing your feet can help keep them healthy and prevent foot problems, including hammertoes.

In conclusion, preventing hammertoes is important for maintaining good foot health. By following these simple tips and wearing proper footwear, you can reduce the risk of developing hammertoes and enjoy having happy feet. Don’t hesitate to reach out to DT Footwear, your experts in foot problems, by calling or emailing to help find the correct shoes for your specific needs or a loved one.

Best Selling Shoes For Hammertoes

Best hammertoe shoe options for men:

Women's Casual Lycra Shoe With Velcro Strap | Apis 628-E

Women's Casual Lycra Shoe With Velcro Strap | Apis 628-E
The 628-E by Apis is a women’s single Velcro Lycra shoe for maximum flexibility for those with ankle and toe problems in edema.

BONUS Gift with purchase - three sets of custom heat moldable inserts. A $240 value included FREE!
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Pros:
  • Specialized Design for Foot Conditions: The shoe is specially designed to accommodate severe bunion and bunionette conditions, as well as edema. This makes it ideal for those with specific foot deformities or swelling needs.
  • Flexible and Comfortable Material: The uppers are made of elastic fabric material, allowing more flexibility and added depth for extra wiggle room for the toes. This can greatly enhance comfort, especially for those with sensitive feet.
  • Supportive Features: The shoe includes elements like a padded foam collar and a reflex leather counter, which work together to reduce friction at the ankle and pressure on the Achilles tendon, providing overall better support and comfort.
Cons:
  • Specialty Shoe Only: Not suggested for minor foot conditions.
  • Color Options: Only available in black.
Color:

Black

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Width:

B, D, 3E, 5E, 7E, 10E, 14E

Men's Athletic Court Sneaker With Stretch Knit | Edgewater

Men's Athletic Court Sneaker With Stretch Knit | Edgewater
Men's Athletic Sneaker, the Edgewater by Orthofeet.

BONUS gift with purchase - one set of custom heat moldable inserts. A $80 value included FREE!
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Pros:
  • Comfortable and supportive: Features Ortho-Cushion™ with anatomical arch support and cushioning, offering all-day comfort and reducing foot pain.
  • Accommodates various foot conditions: Wide toe box with additional depth provides space for orthotics and foot deformities.
  • Lightweight and breathable: Stretch knit upper allows for airflow and keeps feet cool, making it suitable for warmer weather.
  • Removable insoles: Allows for customization and accommodates orthotics.
Cons:
  • Limited water resistance: Stretch knit upper is not fully waterproof, making it unsuitable for wet conditions.
  • Limited widths: Only available in widths up to 6E
Color:

Black, Blue, Grey

Size:

7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15

Width:

D, 2E, 4E, 6E

Men's Single Velcro Stretchable Shoe | 728-E

Men's Single Velcro Stretchable Shoe | 728-E
The 728-E by Apis is a men’s single strap velcro extra wide shoe designed for severe foot conditions such as swelling, bunions or hammertoes.

BONUS Gift with purchase - three sets of custom heat moldable inserts. A $240 value included FREE!
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Pros:
  • Specialized Design for Foot Conditions: The shoe is specially designed to accommodate severe bunion and bunionette conditions, as well as edema. This makes it ideal for those with specific foot deformities or swelling needs.
  • Flexible and Comfortable Material: The uppers are made of elastic fabric material, allowing more flexibility and added depth for extra wiggle room for the toes. This can greatly enhance comfort, especially for those with sensitive feet.
  • Supportive Features: The shoe includes elements like a padded foam collar and a reflex leather counter, which work together to reduce friction at the ankle and pressure on the Achilles tendon, providing overall better support and comfort.
Cons:
  • Specialty Shoe Only: Not suggested for minor foot conditions.
  • Color Options: Only available in black.
Color:

Black

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Width:

D, 4E, 6E, 10E, 14E

Best hammertoe shoe options for women:

Women's Light Weight Walking Shoe 9321

Women's Light Weight Walking Shoe 9321
One of our best-selling women's athletic shoes! The 9321 by Apis looks great and provides the ultimate in all-day comfort.

BONUS gift with purchase - three set of custom heat moldable inserts. A $240 value included FREE!
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Pros:
  • Lightweight: The shoe features a neoprene upper that makes it very light and comfortable to wear for extended periods.
  • Added depth and extra width: The toe box is deeper and wider than traditional shoes, providing ample space for swollen feet or other foot conditions.
  • Seamless linings: The smooth interior minimizes friction and irritation, preventing blisters and discomfort.
  • Removable inserts: The shoes come with removable inserts that can be replaced with orthotics or custom insoles for a personalized fit.
  • Multiple widths and sizes: Available in a variety of widths (B/D to 14E) and sizes (4 - 15) to accommodate different foot shapes and needs.
Cons:
  • Not for high-impact activities: The shoe is primarily designed for walking and light activities, and may not be suitable for running or other high-impact sports.
  • Bulkier design: Compared to some other walking shoes, the 9321 may appear slightly bulkier due to the added depth and width.
  • Special Order Requirement for Certain Widths: Widths such as 7E, 10E and 14E are available only through special orders, which can take 6-8 weeks for delivery.
Color:

Black, Grey

Size:

4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Width:

B/D, 3E, 5E, 7E, 10E, 14E

Women's Hands-Free Slip On Shoe | Orthofeet Kita

Women's Hands-Free Slip On Shoe | Orthofeet Kita
Orthofeet Kita, the perfect women's hands-free slip-on shoe for the ultimate comfort and convenience.

BONUS Gift with purchase - one set of custom heat moldable inserts. A $80 value included FREE!
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Pros:
  • Comfortable and supportive: Premium orthotic insoles with anatomical arch support and extra cushioning provide comfort and pain relief for various foot conditions.
  • Hands-free convenience: Patented slip-on technology eliminates the need for tying laces, ideal for those with limited hand mobility or back pain.
  • Accommodates foot conditions: Extra depth and removable insoles allow for orthotics and foot swelling.
  • Lightweight and breathable: Stretch knit upper allows for airflow and keeps feet cool, making it suitable for warmer weather.
Cons:
  • Limited water resistance: Stretch knit upper is not fully waterproof, making it unsuitable for wet conditions.
  • Potentially less secure fit: Compared to laced shoes, the slip-on design might not feel as secure for everyone, especially during activities requiring good ankle support.
  • Limited Widths: Only available in widths up to 4E in grey color option.
Color:

Black, Blue, Grey, White, Rose

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12

Width:

B, D, 2E, 4E

Women's Casual Lycra Shoe With Velcro Strap | Apis 628-E

Women's Casual Lycra Shoe With Velcro Strap | Apis 628-E
The 628-E by Apis is a women’s single Velcro Lycra shoe for maximum flexibility for those with ankle and toe problems in edema.

BONUS Gift with purchase - three sets of custom heat moldable inserts. A $240 value included FREE!
CHECK PRICE
Pros:
  • Specialized Design for Foot Conditions: The shoe is specially designed to accommodate severe bunion and bunionette conditions, as well as edema. This makes it ideal for those with specific foot deformities or swelling needs.
  • Flexible and Comfortable Material: The uppers are made of elastic fabric material, allowing more flexibility and added depth for extra wiggle room for the toes. This can greatly enhance comfort, especially for those with sensitive feet.
  • Supportive Features: The shoe includes elements like a padded foam collar and a reflex leather counter, which work together to reduce friction at the ankle and pressure on the Achilles tendon, providing overall better support and comfort.
Cons:
  • Specialty Shoe Only: Not suggested for minor foot conditions.
  • Color Options: Only available in black.
Color:

Black

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Width:

B, D, 3E, 5E, 7E, 10E, 14E

A Comprehensive Guide to Hammertoes: Understanding, Managing, and Footwear Choices

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The information provided here is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment, including any foot-related concerns. If you have any health issues or questions about your feet, please consult a qualified healthcare professional, like a doctor or podiatrist. Don’t ignore medical advice or delay seeking help based on what you read here or elsewhere. We’re not responsible for any harm caused by using this information. Everyone’s response to treatments can be different, and medical recommendations may change over time. If you experience a medical emergency or serious foot problem, seek immediate medical attention, or call your local emergency services. By using this resource, you agree to these terms and understand the importance of getting personalized medical advice from a qualified professional.

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