Turned Out “Ring-toes”?

Is there an actual name for toes that turn out? Both of my “ring-toes” are turned sideways (outward) and I have permanant calluses on them due to my shoes rubbing the outer edge of my little digits! 🙁 It’s becoming a problem because the joints nearest to my toenails hurt ALL THE TIME! None of my other toes turn sideways and I’m wondering if taping the three middle toes together when I’m asleep will help any?!?

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Sounds like you are describing hammertoes and corns. Hammertoes or contracture of the digits can occur from tight footwear, biomechanical imbalances or stress placed on the foot. The corn or thickened skin forms when there is pressure on the bone in the shoes.

    These corns can be shaved down but cannot be “cured” without correcting the hammertoe surgically. Hammertoes are considered a structural imbalance which means that taping or stretching will not reverse the hammertoes. If you feel the tape decreases pain or stabilize the toes when in shoes I would recommend that, however taping at night will not reverse the hammertoes. The surgical correction of hammertoes can be discussed with a Podiatrist and may be something to consider if the corns become painful. Good luck!

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