Toes that deviate and cross on top of or under an adjacent toe are called overlapping toes. Constrictive shoes with narrow toe boxes (the front portion of the shoe) squeeze the toes together so they eventually begin to overlap. Bunions, a deviation of the big toe, can cause pressure on adjacent toes causing them to overlap. In those with high arches who put more weight on the outside of their feet, especially children, the fifth toe will tend to overlap the fourth toe.
Pressure and irritation between the toes are signs of pressure that can lead to overlapping toes. Pain and inflammation can make walking difficult and if not relieved, the pressure can cause soft calluses between the toes and hard calluses on top of the toes from rubbing inside your shoes.
How a 3-Point Splint Can Help
3pp Toe Loops are an easy to use, soft alternative to splinting the toes to hold them in proper alignment. The soft foam lining allows the wearer to position and rotate toes as necessary to achieve good alignment and reduce overlapping. 3pp Toe Loops cushion the toes to prevent callus formation.
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