Foot health and comfort are key factors for runners. Shoes with curly toes can cause pain, corns, blisters and calluses. Toe curling may be due to anatomical imbalance, weakness of muscles or bones or defective shoes. Unfit, worn and unsupported running shoes can exacerbate your foot problems. To prevent toe curling, wear a suitable pair of shoes and provide space for toe movement. The size of
shoes is very important to ensure comfort and prevent injury. If your shoes are too long or too wide, your toes will feel constrained and may begin to curl. Measure your feet in inches, plus about half an inch to determine your shoe size. When your feet expand at the end of the day or after training, you need to leave extra space in your shoes. In addition, as the foot slides forward during running, the toes need extra space to prevent cramps and curls. The small muscles between the foot bones tighten at the end of each step when running with
, which helps prevent toe bending and forefoot widening. For some people, these muscles don't contract, which can cause trauma to your feet. Over time, this can lead to injuries and toe bending. In addition, wearing shoes without proper cushioning can exacerbate this situation. Front foot cushioning and good arch support help shift the center of gravity from the sole of the foot to other parts, such as the toes. Arch support pads and forepad pads can enhance the performance and comfort of running shoes.
Some runners may bend their toes under other toes, such as the small toes under the fourth toe. When toes curl beneath each other, this results in uneven weight distribution and blisters on the toes. Separating toes with cashmere, paper tape or socks with toes can prevent curling and blisters. Also, don't wear socks that are too restrictive, and don't tie your shoelaces too tightly, as this increases the possibility of toe curling.