I've been getting a lot of questions on Instagram with people asking what exactly toe spreaders do, where to buy them and why they should be wearing them - this blog post should clarify a lot of those questions and also give some guidance on how to use them for people who have purchased them.
What they do
To put it simply, toe spreaders spread out your toes. Most modern shoes compress the front of our feet and squish our toes together. After enough time spent in narrow footwear the foot starts to change shape and develop a deformity to adapt itself to the shape of your footwear. These deformities not only look strange, they can have some serious effects on foot function resulting in pain and problems down the road.
Just like the fingers on our hands don't touch each other when relaxed, our toes should have spacing in between them (like the foot on the left pictured above). As our feet start to look like the shoes we put them in, the toes compress against each other and in some even start to overlap. This change in toe alignment, especially of the big toe is what creates bunions for many.
When the big toe drifts towards the rest of your toes, the powerful flexor tendon now starts to pull it more and more inwards which bows the first metatarsal further and further out causing worsening bunions over time
The Solution? Restore optimal toe alignment with toe spreaders
Restore your toe alignment, improve your balance, improve your gait and help prevent knee and back issues that result from upstream compensations related to your feet and big toe not functioning properly