PW Minor – Shoes For People With Hammertoe and Metatarsalgia

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When you suffer from a foot deformity, injury or a disease that affects the health of your feet, shopping for shoes designed with your condition in mind can go a long way to targeting your specific foot pain. Read below to learn about shoes designed to alleviate pain caused by hammertoe and metatarsalgia.

Hammertoe. Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs when the first joint of the second, third, fourth or firth toe becomes permanently bent. The condition is often caused by ill-fitting shoes that force the toes into a bent position. Over time, an imbalance develops between the tendons in the toes that results in the permanent contraction of the toes’ muscles. Hammertoes can be rigid (i.e., it is impossible to straighten the toe) or flexible. Proper footwear is one of many treatments a podiatrist will prescribe to treat this condition.

If you suffer from hammertoe, look for shoes that have deep and wide toe boxes that allow your toes to lay flat. Also avoid shoes with particularly high heels. The high heel causes your foot to slide forward in the shoe, often cramping or bending the toes. (Brace yourself, ladies. You need to limit yourself to ½ inch heels or lower. Your toes will thank you.)

Check out the PW Minor Natural (designed with last C-2000) or the Natural Strap (same last, but instead of laces, it closes with a strap). Both versions are designed with large, square toe boxes and have low heels.

Metatarsalgia. Metatarsalgia is a painful condition that is localized in the metatarsal region of the foot (i.e., the ball of the foot). It occurs when the metatarsal heads become inflamed, and it is often caused by ill-fitting or non-supportive footwear.

Extra cushioning is very important when it comes to alleviating foot pain caused by metatarsalgia. Padding that cushions the ball of the foot is crucial. Also look for shoes with rocker-type soles that will help you roll through your feet in a way that limits the amount of pressure applied to the ball of the foot. Avoid shoes with pointy or restrictive toe boxes, or shoes that have high heels (i.e., any heel taller than ½ inch).


write by Meredith

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