What are Mallet Toes?
Mallet Toes look like a "Mallet" hammer in appearance - hence the name Mallet Toe.
The deformity of the toe joint causes the tip of the toe to press downward into the shoe or onto the floor.
Mallet toes are flexed into a rigid or semi-flexible state. Pain and discomfort usually come from the toe rubbing on the inside of your shoes, rather than the joint itself.
What Causes Mallet Toes?
Most often caused by tight, shortened tendons and ligaments in the foot and toe. Foot deformities can be inherited. Athletes, joggers and runners can develop a Mallet Toe from shoe pressure and from progressive wear and tear.
Shoes can be the cause, if they are too short. If your second or third toe is longer than your big toe, make sure your shoes are long enough. If the toe box of the shoe is too short, the person will curl up the longer toes in an effort to prevent them from rubbing on the inside tip of the shoe. This repeated curling of the longer toes can cause the tendons and ligaments to contract and a Mallet Toe can develop.
What can Prolotex™ Socks do for a Mallet Toe?
Prolotex™ FIR Socks will help to relieve the pain in your toe, if it is already "mallet-shaped". The infrared energy wave will help to bring circulation to the stiff and rigid ligaments, help them relax, and reduce the cramping feelings.
Depending on how many years your toes have been bent into the Mallet position, the FIR energy from the socks may be more or less effective at relaxing the tendons and ligaments. Some people will notice positive changes faster than others.
FIR Socks provide soft cushioning for toes, preventing calluses and corns from developing on your bent toes.
FREE Tips To Living with a Mallet Toe:
- Wear Prolotex™ Far Infrared Socks to help reduce any pain in your toes from the contracture of ligaments and tendons.
- Invest in shoes that fit your foot. Some shoes might look great on the outside, but offer no room for your toes.
- Check with your doctor, if you suspect any sores on your toes are infected. Corns can develop on the joints of your toes.
- Wear a fresh, clean pair of Prolotex™ Far Infrared Socks every day, to help cushion and protect your toes.