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Health Tip: Choose the Right Shoe for a Hammer Toe

(HealthDay News) -- A hammer toe means the toe is pointed permanently downward, a painful deformity that typically stems from a shoe that's too tight.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends:

  • Choose a shoe with a soft toe box with plenty of wiggle room.

  • Make sure the shoe is at least 1/2 inch longer than your longest toe.

  • Select a shoe that's not too tight or narrow, and does not have a high heel.

  • Avoid sandals.

  • If you do develop a hammer toe, have the shoe stretched professionally to accommodate the condition.

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