Hammer toe - shoe options?



Mark 1911

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Does anyone have a hammertoe? A fairly common toe/foot ailment. Causes some intense pain due to shoes constantly rubbing on the toe joint that sits up higher than normal. Mine is the toe next to the big toe.

My biking shoes are not terrible, but some days they do hurt.

Just wondering if anyone else out there has this and if there are any shoe options. I might have to cut a hole in my right shoe above the problem toe if I can't find a different shoe.
 
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dabac

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There are spd pedals that are wide open above the toes.
Add socks as weather dictates and you're all set.

I had a very similar issue, although for me it was the outermost joint that tucked in. That put pressure on the nail that kept splitting, falling off and generally making nuisance of itself.
I fixed that by sleeping with the toe bandaged to a splint to keep it straight. Took about 3 months for the tendons to adjust and let the toe lie flat(er) again.

Do note that this was me.
I can't promise it'll work for you.
And you'll need to apply some sense to the process.
Don't wrap the toe too hard.
Be mindful if it starts to go numb etc.
Use shorter sessions in the beginning.
 

FML123

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Does anyone have a hammertoe? A fairly common toe/foot ailment. Causes some intense pain due to shoes constantly rubbing on the toe joint that sits up higher than normal. Mine is the toe next to the big toe.

My biking shoes are not terrible, but some days they do hurt.

Just wondering if anyone else out there has this and if there are any shoe options. I might have to cut a hole in my right shoe above the problem toe if I can't find a different shoe.
I have hammertoes on all toes except big toes. I was using Shimano XC3s which were rubbing a little on my toes, causing slight pain and redness at the rubbing points. I recently bought a pair of Lake MX-168 Enduros, and they seem comfortable on my toes, but are super heavy. Using the Lake sizing method gave me a shoe that was one size too small, so I’m ordering another pair in size 45 instead of 44. Beware Lake’s return policy: as soon as you screw cleats into them or use them on a ride they are no longer eligible for return.
 

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