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nscrbug2010-12-12 11:29:59 +0000 #1
So it seems that I have some jacked-up toes (I've included some lovely pics). My 4th and 5th toes (on both feet) have a prominent inward bend to them. I believe this to be one of the major factors resulting in chronic toe discomfort...especially during running. I'm not really sure how to characterize the discomfort. It generally starts with a tingling sensation, which then turns into a stabbing pain/cramp feeling. At its worst, it literally feels like my toe is broken. Needless to say, this has really had an effect on my running...right down to the shoe-buying process. I cannot seem to find any shoe that will allow me to run pain-free for more than 15 minutes. It's been very frustrating.

I did a Google search on "claw toe" and "mallet toe", and I'm not sure if either one of these conditions would apply to me. The toes definitely have a downward curve to them, but they also curve in towards the 3rd toe...so I'm not sure what to make of all this. My podiatrist never mentioned anything unusual about my toes, even though I did point it out to him and told him that it is a source of discomfort. He ruled out neuromas, but had me try custom orthotics with a built-in metatarsal pad...they did not help. Infact, they made the problem worse, so I opted to quit wearing them.

Are there any feet experts out there (KnottedYet??) that can identify what is going on with my crazy toes??? And what (IF anything), I can do about it? Thanks a million!!!

Linda

Here are the pics of my feet (please pardon the BAD nail polish job!)....


Veronica2010-12-12 11:41:34 +0000 #2
Hammer toes.

Mine are like that too, but with me it's genetic.

Veronica
nscrbug2010-12-12 11:50:05 +0000 #3
Hammer toes, huh? I did look into that, but found that it was usually more common in the 2nd toe,so I thought that perhaps that wasn't it.

So...what are some of the ways you deal with this? Which of your toes are affected? Do you get any pain or tingling, particularly when running?
Veronica2010-12-12 12:45:29 +0000 #4
The only time I've seen a podiatrist was 20 years ago when I had a bunion removed and she called them hammer toes.

Mine affects my 3 little toes on both feet. They have always been like that and they don't hurt. Sorry, I can't help you there.

Veronica
Aggie_Ama2010-12-12 13:08:41 +0000 #5
Hammer toes. On my left foot my third toe curves towards the 4th toe so my 4th toe tucks under the crooked toe. My mom said my Great Grandma had the same toes so apparently I have genetically funky toes.

Are you getting your shoes from a running shop? The one I went to was very good at identifying issues, they completely alleviated pains I was having.
nscrbug2010-12-12 13:59:41 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by Aggie_Ama

Hammer toes. On my left foot my third toe curves towards the 4th toe so my 4th toe tucks under the crooked toe. My mom said my Great Grandma had the same toes so apparently I have genetically funky toes.

Are you getting your shoes from a running shop? The one I went to was very good at identifying issues, they completely alleviated pains I was having.

Oh yes, absolutely! Infact, I can only buy shoes from a specialty running store because I wear a size 10.5 and sporting good stores (Sport's Authority, ****'s, etc.) don't carry half sizes beyond size 10.

At the current moment, I'm alternating between a pair of Nike Structure Triax 13's and a pair of Nike Free Run+. I only wear the Nike Free Run on short (1-2 mile) runs. But I still feel the toe discomfort regardless of which shoe I wear. Prior to what I'm wearing now, I was wearing Mizuno Wave Inspire 6, Adidas Supernova Sequence 3, and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10...toe pain with all of those. It must have something to do with the way those toes are curving inward and downward, and having pressure put on them. It sucks...because I've tried SO many different shoes and end up returning most of them! I swear, running shoe stores must cringe, when they see me walking in.

Just out of curiosity, what shoes did your running store put you in?

Linda
Veronica2010-12-12 13:39:36 +0000 #7
I'm wearing Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS running shoes.

Veronica
OakLeaf2010-12-12 14:45:25 +0000 #8
I was in the Wave Inspire also and they put a lot of pressure on my small toe joint (incipient tailor's bunions). I quit wearing Adidas several pairs ago because they're just too narrow up front.

Believe it or not, I'm in Nikes now.

Zoom Structure Triax 13, 10-1/2 Wide. I've never seen a shoe with such a square toe box, and yet the heels are narrow enough that they don't slip with my duck feet.

Try 'em out.

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