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What are the main causes of toe pain?


The main conditions affecting the toes are Toenail FungusClaw/Mallet/Hammer ToesCorns and CallusesBunionsIngrown ToenailsAthlete’s Foot, and Overlapping Toes.

Learn about each of these conditions below.

You can click on each of these conditions to discover more about them and how they affect the toes — and how footwear can alleviate common symptoms.


  • Toenail Fungus

Got a thick and discolored toenail? It could be a sign of a fungal infection within the nail plate. While this infection is usually not serious, it can cause the toenail to deform and become painful.

You can find out more about Toenail Fungus by CLICKING HERE.


  • Claw/Mallet/Hammer Toes

Are your toes curling and rubbing against your shoe or each other? Hammer toes are caused by deformities in the joints that give them the appearance of hammers, mallets or claws. 

You can find out more about Claw/Mallet/Hammer Toes by CLICKING HERE.


  • Corns and Calluses

A corn is usually caused by a stress or strain of the deep dermis (skin) as the superficial skin moves in one direction and the deep structures of the foot move in an opposite direction.

A callus is more of a thickening of the skin as a result of the skin’s response to frictional forces.

You can find out more about Corns and Calluses by CLICKING HERE.


  • Bunions

Do you have a painful bump at your big toe joint? Commonly called bunions, these deformities are a sign that something is seriously wrong with your foot function. 

You can find out more about Bunions by CLICKING HERE.


  • Ingrown Toenails

Painful ingrown toenails are often caused by errors in trimming that cause a section of the toenail to protrude into the skin. Once the nail breaks the skin barrier, an infection often results, which makes treatment more complicated — and can even result in an amputation.

You can find out more about Ingrown Toenails by CLICKING HERE.


  • Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection on the skin. Symptoms include redness and itching of the skin, usually on the bottom of the foot and between the toes. 

You can find out more about Athlete’s Foot by CLICKING HERE.


  • Overlapping Toes

Overlapping toes are typically the result of a muscle imbalance or bone abnormality within the foot. Bunions are one of the most common causes, particularly between the big toe and the second toe. The second toe usually has nowhere to go but up over the big toe, causing the second toe to rub inside your shoe, sometimes causing ulcerations.

You can find out more about Overlapping Toes by CLICKING HERE.