Resolve deformity affecting your middle toes that cause them to bend uncomfortably by wearing the best shoes for hammertoes which offer soft cushioning and spacious toe boxes
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Hammertoe (or contracted toe) is a deformity affecting the middle toes causing them to bend permanently. This foot condition happens when your toes bend for long periods, especially when you wear shoes that are too tight or too short for your feet or when you wear high-heeled shoes. Joint damage can also cause hammertoes. This deformity in the foot can make you experience pain in your toes and there may also be corns (or calluses) because of repetitive friction or rubbing.
At first, hammertoes are flexible and you can correct them easily but if left unchecked for a considerable period, they can become fixed and harder to straighten out and may require surgery. Under normal circumstances, hammertoes coincide with bunions where the first solution to resolve the problem is by wearing a comfortable shoe that has a generous space in the toe area. Wearing a comfortable shoe is first in the conventional treatment for hammertoes.
What are the best shoes for hammertoes?
The best shoes for hammertoes have firm sole but soft in the upper portion of the toe box. This will help align the hammertoes and relieve pressure and discomfort in the affected area. These shoes also help complete the treatment and correct deformity.
5 Best-Selling Running Shoes for Hammertoes
Note: If your foot’s support type is neutral to underpronation (supination), your best shoes are neutral-cushioned shoes but if you have fallen arches or overpronation, your best shoes are stability/motion control shoes.
Best Shoes for Hammertoes
Here’s a list of the best shoes for hammertoes (in no particular order):
The best New Balance running shoes for hammertoes have an excellent ABZORB forefoot cushioning, TPU TBEAM shank which promotes torsional stability and arch support, ENCAP PU ring (with EVA core) which enhances stability, Fresh Foam midsole which offers soft, smooth cushioning and more natural ride, EXTENDED WEB which gives pronation control, and ROLLBAR technology which prevents rear foot movement and enhances smooth transition from heel-strike through toe-off.
The best ASICS running shoes for hammertoes have Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Systems which reduce impact from heel-strike through toe-off, Trusstic System which keeps structural integrity of the shoe, Dynamic DuoMax Support System which delivers optimal support and stability for overpronators, Exoskeletal Heel Clutching System which provides better fit and more secure support, and FluidRide technology which increases energy return and cushioning.
11. ASICS GEL-Foundation 13
12. Ryka Devotion XT 2
13. Ryka Sky Walk 2
14. Altra One V3
15. Altra Torin 4 Plush (Best for long runs, OUTSIDE)
16. Altra Intuition 4.5 (Top pick, OutdoorGearLab)
17. Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 (Spring 2020 awardee, RW)
18. Mizuno Wave Rider 23 (Most versatile, RW)
19. Brooks Dyad 11
20. Brooks Addiction 14
The best Mizuno running shoes for hammertoes have engineered AIRmesh upper with structurally supportive synthetic overlays and improved DynamotionFit which creates an upper that moves naturally with your foot.
The best Altra shoes for hammertoes have InnerFlex EVA technology which adapts to your foot’s natural flex, FootShape toe box which allows your toes to relax and splay naturally, fully cushioned Zero Drop platform – a famous technology which provides a low-impact landing, and Natural Ride System (NRS) which promotes a more natural ride.
21. Brooks Ariel 20
22. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 (Best for long runs, RW)
23. Brooks Ravenna 11
24. Brooks Glycerin 18 (Spring 2020 awardee, RW)
25. Brooks Ghost 12 (Editor’s choice, RW)
26. Brooks Revel 3 (Best bargain buy, RW)
27. Saucony Omni ISO 2 (Best stability shoe, RW)
28. Hoka One One Clifton 6 (Best for everyday runs, RW)
29. Hoka One One Bondi 6 (Most cushioned, RW)
30. Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 (Most cushioned trail shoe, RW)
Brooks’ best walking shoe for hammertoes is the Addiction Walker 2.
The best Brooks running shoes for hammertoes have HydroFlow technology which enhances midsole cushioning and shock absorption in the heel and forefoot, BioMoGo DNA midsole which supplies long-lasting cushioning, Engineered MC Pod Configuration which offers maximum motion control and flexibility from heel-strike through toe-off, full-length Segmented Crash Pad which adapts to any foot landing and delivers smoother transitions, and IDEAL Pressure Zones technology which helps distribute pressure evenly throughout the body.
The best Saucony running shoes for hammertoes have EVERUN top sole which promotes smoother landings in the heel and reduces pressure in the forefoot, Forefoot HRC (High Rebound Compound) which provides important cushioning at toe-off, Extended SRC Impact Zone technology which delivers smoother transitions, Heel ProGrid which offers maximum impact protection, and CMEVA (Compression Molded EVA) midsole which delivers responsive cushioning.
The best Hoka running shoes for hammertoes have Wider fitting forefoot which offers enhanced comfort, Deep Active Foot Frame which helps stabilize the foot, Meta-Rocker geometry which creates a smoother transition from heel-strike through toe-off, and Molded Ortholite footbed which delivers high-performance cushioning.
In terms of orthopedic claims, most of these brands don’t state that their shoes are orthopedic (or they stay away from any orthopedic claim) but we have included their shoes in the list because of actual consumer reviews and testimonials. We hope that these shoes will work for you.
Best Insoles for Hammertoes
Here’s a list of the best insoles for hammertoes (in no particular order):
1. Superfeet Premium Green
2. Superfeet Premium Blue
3. Superfeet Premium Black
4. Superfeet DMP Copper
5. Superfeet Premium Yellow
6. New Balance 3720 Arch Stability
7. Powerstep ComfortLast
8. Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx
9. Spenco Total Support Thin
10. Spenco PolySorb Heavy Duty
Other insoles for hammertoes are:
The best Superfeet insoles for hammertoes have maximum support, stability, and shock absorption, as well as, extra deep cup which cradles your heel and provides comfortable support by aligning the bones of your foot to prevent heel pain and plantar fasciitis.
The best Powerstep insoles for hammertoes have contoured heel cup which provides stability and effective relief for heel and arch pain.
The best Spenco insoles for hammertoes have advanced arch support and deep heel cup which absorb shock and control pronation, as well as, extra cushioning under the ball of the foot which provides a smoother transition.
Some effective ways to correct hammertoes are stretching and strengthening the affected muscles in your toes. Good exercise will help a lot in the healing process.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best shoes for hammertoes?
The best shoes for hammertoes have firm sole but soft in the upper portion of the toe box. This will help align the hammertoes and relieve pressure and discomfort in the affected area. Best examples of these shoes are New Balance 990v5, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20, Hoka One One Bondi 6, Hoka One One Clifton 6, and ASICS GEL-Venture 7.
Will hammertoes go away on their own?
At first, hammertoes are flexible and you can correct them easily but if left unchecked for a considerable period, they can become fixed and harder to straighten out and may require surgery.