When your toes get pushed together and start to overlap, it can become very painful as they are forced into a bent position that can cause rubbing on top of each other and the inside of your shoes. This friction contributes to causing blisters and to the formation of corns and calluses. Overlapping toes need to be treated by your podiatrist to avoid future problems.
Risk factors and treatments for overlapping toes include the following:
- Bunions—The bunion deformity pushes the big toe towards the other toes, and when it becomes severe enough, it can force the other toes to overlap with the big toe and with each other. Specially made orthotic inserts and braces can be worn to pull the big toe into a more straightened position.
- Tight fitting shoes—Wearing shoes that are too tight pushes the toes together and in many instances forces the toes to overlap or underlap. Avoid wearing high heels and wear shoes that have a wide toe box.
- Tendon imbalance—This is thought to be an inherited weakness in the tendons of the toes that causes them to become poorly supported and misaligned. Surgery may be needed to correct the imbalance.
It’s very important to have overlapping toes corrected since they may cause you to alter the way you walk due to the discomfort. This altered gait can create pronation and arch problems that will radiate to your knees, hips, and back.
If you have problems with under or overlapping toes, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.