How to Straighten Crooked Toes Without Surgery

Updated on April 26, 2016

How to Straighten Toes Without Surgery

Many people struggle each year with the embarrassment of crooked toes. This usually becomes an issue during the warmer months when they visit the beach or the pool and are going barefoot. For women with crooked toes, wearing open toe shoes or sandals can be a source of embarrassment. This problem is correctable by surgery or alternative methods.

This often leads people into seeking surgery to correct this problem, which can be painful, result in loss of work, and result in long recovery periods. Not to mention the fact that surgery can be a frightening option.

There may be another way to correct this problem without surgery though. There are toe straightening devices that can be used in a person's shoes to help straighten toes naturally over time. Since time is required to straighten your toes with these devices, the sooner you start using them the sooner you will see results. You should note that not all toe conditions can be corrected without surgery. If the case is severe enough, surgery may be required. You should consult your physician for advice for any issues concerning your health.

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Crooked Toes Can Be an Embarrassment

Crooked toes are not just embarrassing, but they may result in pain as well. This problem can only be corrected via surgery, or through a non-surgical toe straightening device. This simple device helps to straighten your crooked toes without having to undergo any medical procedure. Making use of the proper toe straightener can help to fix problems with rubbing toes, crooked toes, and hammer toes.

So that you obtain the proper toe straightener, you actually want to locate one that addresses the kind of foot condition you are experiencing. Most of the straighteners are built to address a certain toe condition and a specific number of toes that are affected, i.e. double toe, single toe, bunions, or hammer toe. Also, you should be careful when buying the straighteners because many are either made for the right or the left foot respectively.

As with any medical condition, you should always consult with your physician for advice and guidance. I don't blame anyone for wanting to avoid surgery, but in some cases it may be necessary to correct your condition. Medical procedures can be expensive though, so if given the option in this economy, I personally would seek an alternative method of correcting the issue if I had the choice. Taking no action will only make the problem worse though. So, consider taking any steps necessary to focus on your personal health an well-being.

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The Benefits of Using Toe Straighteners

There are several benefits to using a toe straightening device that are listed below. You will never know if it will work for you until you give one a try, and thanks to their low cost you've got nothing to lose. You need to be aware though, that this is not a quick fix. A toe straightener will need to be used to correct your condition over time. It should be used consistently too and not just occasionally if you want good results.

Inexpensive - They are very inexpensive and are readily available in most pharmacies. This is a very cheap alternative when compared to the fees for surgery.

Reusable - They can be used again and again, or if the issue reoccurs. You can wash them and use them over and over yet again. Equally, you can save them for future use immediately after your problem is solved.

Flexibility - You can either use them with your shoes or without your shoes on. You can also, wear them daily or occasionally without side effects.

Safety - Instead of correcting your toe issues by way of unsafe medical procedures, you can rely on a safe toe straightener instead.

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The Types of Toe Straighteners Available

There are different kinds of toe straighteners on the market today. In order to correct your condition most effectively, you need to make sure that you are selecting the right one. Your doctor can help you to determine which type you need. You can also engage the pharmacist at any local drug store for advice. They are also available for purchase online. The most popular types are:

Single toe straighteners

These are best for straightening a single crooked toe. If you have just one toe that is affected, this is the right straightener for you. These are most common and available at any drug store.

Double toe straighteners

Just as their name suggests, double toe straighteners are good for fixing double toes. They are intended to support adjacent toes. If two of your neighboring toes are rubbing against each other or are lapping, this is the correct style for you.

Triple toe straighteners

They are excellent for fixing three toes at the same time. If three of your neighboring toes are affected, you can utilize this type of straightener in an effort to fix your issue.

Hammer toe straighteners

These are designed to fix the hammer toe condition. Your toes may have a physical deformity when one of their joints is injured. All these difficulties may be corrected with the proper hammer toe straighteners. They can aid in returning your toes to their normal position over time.

Bunion toe straighteners

These are designed to alleviate the pain that comes with bunions. They also aid in directing the toe ahead, which is a preventative action that buffers the toes from getting new bunions. They are designed to sit comfortably in your shoes. Nonetheless, they are generally not recommended for those individuals who have a poor blood flow or suffer from diabetic issues. Again, consult your physician for advice anytime your health and well being are at stake.

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If In Doubt, Consult Your Physician

When your health or well-being are at risk, you should always ensure that you have consulted your physician. There are severe cases where surgery may be your only option. Surgical procedures are often expensive though, and for those who do not have health insurance it is often not an option. Doing nothing and taking no action though will not help your condition to get any better. It will likely continue to get worse.

Toe straighteners are popular devices, and you can read many user reviews that state they have successfully worked and help to correct their condition or at least make it better.

You should ideally be looking at the cause of your situation in an effort to rectify it though. Do you practice good foot health? Do you wear shoes that are too tight and do not allow your toes to rest in a natural position? Have you incurred an injury that resulted in your crooked toes?

While a toe straightener can help to correct the condition, if the activity that contributed to the issue in the first place continues, then you may continue to deal with this condition indefinitely. A doctor or physician can help to identify the cause of the issue, and offer recommendations for prevention.

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Order a Toe Straightener Online

If you already know the type of toe straightener that you need, then you can easily order one online. This is the best way to review a wide selection of choices. Shelf space is often limited at the stores, so the drugstores may carry a smaller selection compared to what is available online.

Pay attention to sizing information, although "one size fits most" will commonly be what you see.

Here is a quick tip for you. If you decide to order a toe straightener, then consider ordering two of them. This will allow you to wear one, while you wash and dry the other one. Since these fit inside of your shoes, you will want to wash them on a fairly regular basis.

PediFix Double-Toe Straightener #P57
PediFix Double-Toe Straightener #P57

The Pedifix model #P57 double-toe straightener uses elastic loops that will gently guide crooked toes into their natural position over time. It can be used with crooked toes, overlapping toes, and hammer toes.

Yasco Bunion Toe Straightener One Pair - One Size
Yasco Bunion Toe Straightener One Pair - One Size

Protect against pressure and friction on your bunion with this big toe straightener that can be worn comfortably inside of your shoe. If you have diabetes or poor circulation, this device is not recommended. Consult your doctor first.


Recovery Considerations for Toe Surgery

What to expect if you choose surgical correction

As stated before, in severe cases surgery may be the only option for correcting the issues you are experiencing with your toes. If you do go the surgical route, then here are some considerations you need to take into account when planning for the surgery and the recovery period that follows.

  • Bandages will be required after surgery, and potentially special shoes for a period of time. Your doctor will advise you on the frequency of bandage changes and how long you should expect to be out of your shoes or wearing post-surgical shoes. Follow the bandage changing instructions closely, as this can help to ensure a more rapid recovery.
  • Swelling is to be expected after surgery, and depending upon the type of surgery can last as long as six months. This is the extreme though, and you should not expect swelling to last nearly this long. Swelling can be controlled with ice packs and anti-inflammatory medications. Get your doctors advice on the use of these.
  • Stay off of your feet! Your doctor will advise you on the duration of your recovery and exactly how long you should remain off of your feet. To maintain mobility, crutches, walkers, and even post-surgical foot carts can be used. These will allow you to still get around but ensure that you do not place any weight on your foot. Don't push it. Allow your body time to adequately recover, else you could cause your recovery time to be extended.
  • Careful consideration should be given to the shoes you wear in the months following surgery. Your doctor will often recommend that you only wear tennis shoes for up to six months after surgery. Realize that high heel shoes and tight-fitting shoes are often a contributor to many of the toe issues that doctors are correcting. Choose your footwear wisely to ensure that you do not cause complications with your recovery.

Highest-Rated Toe Straightener

I've done research to find the highest-rated toe straightening product, based on customer data from those who own and use the products. The one that comes out on top is the Original Yoga Toes product. Yoga Toes were created by the Yoga Pro company, which was founded in 1989 and has since grown into a global company.

It currently has an average customer review of 4.4 out of 5 stars. This patented device is designed to address the following foot ailments:

  • Bunions
  • Hammer Toes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • and more

It is doctor recommended, BPA-free, Latex-free, has a 30 day money back guarantee, and comes with a lifetime warranty. It is designed to increase both flexibility and circulation.

The cost is a little more than most other toe straightening devices on the market. They are about $39.00 for a pair of two. Always check with your doctor for advice on using any product related to any health condition that you have.

Poll About Foot Surgery - What course of action would you take?

Some people choose surgery for a quick fix. Other people would prefer to avoid surgery and try to correct issue naturally.

Which of the following options would you choose?

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Have you ever dealt with a crooked toe condition? We would love to hear your experiences and how you corrected or attempted to correct them. Although this can be an embarrassing topic, the free and open sharing of information can help someone else that is experiencing the same condition that you did. A little support, encouragement, and sharing of personal experiences can help another individual down the road to correcting their problem.

We would love to hear if you have had success with a toe straightener.

We would be interested in knowing if you chose a surgical solution to correcting crooked toes, and why.

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      Niakawa 5 months ago

      I wish I would have known 10 years ago about alternatives for bunion problems. I have endured painful bunionectomies on both feet with screws.

      As I write this I am recovering from a SECOND bunionectomy on my right foot (yes, they can come back) with even MORE screws this time. But, with much research and an awesome podiatrist, he has helped me to pick shoe brands such as Vionics to help prevent this problem from occurring again.

      Also, I wear toe spacers of all sorts now because I will NEVER do another surgery! Surgery should be the last resort after you have tried everything else.

      So, from personal experience, I'd heed the advice in this article.

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      Karen 6 months ago

      My toes were always fine until now (65 yrs. old). I'm trying toe separators and am hoping this will work to prevent a bunion from getting worse. I'll let you know if it works in the future.

    • profile image 12 months ago

      I have a crooked toe on my right foot, it is the first toe to the right of my big toe. I also have recently noticed a bunion forming on the right side of my right foot. There are so MANY different kinds of items to be used for this problem. I really wish there was just two kinds to choose from. Any suggestions. I am only concerned about my crooked tor right now. B.....

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      Sarah Eames 13 months ago

      I have tried wearing a toe spacer for my baby toe for months but it didn't help, and have had a bent big toe for the past almost month and have been in severe pain because of it, I tried prescription strength Ibuprofen with hydrocodone and physical therapy weekly but it still hurts like crazy! Iam looking into surgery cause I failed the conservative treatment, but I will look into this after my next foot operation!

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      Leti 13 months ago

      Very interesting!!!!!!!!!!!

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      gina 2 years ago

      my big right toe is almost overlapping second toe. what toe straightener would be most effective to purchase? I really am unhappy about having a crooked toe, please help.

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      optimus 2 years ago

      letz roll

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      What a great lens. I can certainly use some of these corrective products. Than you for presenting them.

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      GreenMind 3 years ago from USA

      Toe straightener! Never even thought of that. Brilliant idea for a lens.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Interesting topic. Never thought of my crooked toes.

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I hate to admit this, but just a couple of weeks ago my husband was talking to me about my crooked toes. They don't really bother me. It was like I was drawn here.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Awesome lens and will pass it on!!!!

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      Natural_Skin_Care 4 years ago

      Thank goodness there's something you can do to help the condition.

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      Mobley5 4 years ago

      I do think that people sometimes opt for surgery too early - thanks for providing non-surgical advice.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Useful and natural tips... thanks for your help!

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      Great lens. About6 or 7 years ago I took a barefoot slider on a tile bathroom floor and hit a bathroom scale on the other side of the room breaking my toe, 1 in from the smallest, on my right foot . I hurt and was now in the shape of an upside-down L. Without even thinking I grabbed it, pulled it straight and taped it against the next larger top. Surprisingly, the pain subsided and it worked. It has remained in the correct position for years now but I am a lot more careful about walking on wet tiles. Love you lens and totally agree.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      So interesting to come across husband has been dealing with a toe that covers another and causes pain. I am going to have to show him this. My toes are so short and stubby on my little feet they don't even make it to the edge of most

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I've inherited hammer toes from my mom. My sister has them too. So far, not too bad, so I'm just ignoring them.

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      @KarenHC: Excellent, thanks so much for the additional information.

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      I teach yoga, and since we do it in bare feet, I see all sorts of foot and toe shapes and problems. We practice spreading our toes, and there's even a yoga toe spreader like the Flex-tastic Toe Relaxers that you show above (except the yoga variation is MUCH more expensive....). I haven't seen the other toe straightener devices before, and they look like they'd work very well.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      I always explore the natural treatment options as an alternative to surgery or traditional medicine.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've never had a crooked toe problem but I'm thinking those who do will do the dance of joy when they learn that there are options that doesn't include surgery....I'd sure give one or more of your methods a try before taking the step to surgery. Glad to hear there can be relief, when our feet hurt, it just seems to affect our whole body.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Very helpful! Thank you for sharing!

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      Fridayonmymind LM 4 years ago

      Well that was really interesting. It's good to know that all those products exist. I'm going to check out my toes.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      Interesting. I never realized products had come on the market as a diy for something like this. It's a world full of innovation, I guess.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thankfully I have nice toes - never thought to be grateful for them before :) My handicapped brother has had foot surgery several times, but not on his toes.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I've never heard of a toe straightener before. Glad to know there's a cure for strange toes!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Am developing a bunion so now that it is only starting, I should use one of these.

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      BlogsWriter 4 years ago

      If the toes can be corrected without undergoing surgery, I would suggest - go for it.

      Very useful information for the concerned people.

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      Sweetbunny LM 4 years ago

      My sister has this problem, always looking for ideas!

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      comfortyourfeet 4 years ago

      Amazing what everyone suffers from. Informative lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      very informative lens :)

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      uneasywriter lm 4 years ago

      Never heard of this. I will definitely try them!

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      My wife is a physiotherapist and just bought some straighteners for her toes,so I know they work. Liked and blessed.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      This is very helpful information. I do have one crooked toe that was probably broken when I taught aerobics. It doesn't bother me much and doesn't look too weird. Thanks for letting me know about this painless solution.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Boy, and up to now I was using a mallet :)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I didn't realize this was such a big issue. Thanks for the informaion. It's good to know that there is something else people can do without having surgery.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Brings back memories, my mother had some funky feet (may she rest in peace); so far I didn't inherit that but I've seem to have bad arthritis like she did. Good idea for a Lens, well done.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      My toes are straight. I wear flat shoes, and go barefoot often. So my feet are fine. Thank you for this really informative lens on crooked toes. Blessings to you -

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Good topic! It's interesting what toes tend to do over time. Thanks for the information!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Very informative lens. I never heard these toe straightners before.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for the useful information.

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      pretyfunky 4 years ago

      Thank you for this...seems it will work

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      applejacking 4 years ago

      Looks good products for bicycler like me. The toes is very important to enjoy my activities.

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      webmavern 4 years ago

      I didn't realize there was effect and reasonably priced treatment for straightening toes. I will have to try them out as all my toes curl under and my uncle tells me I would be good at swinging through trees!

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I had never heard of these toe straighteners before, but they sound like a great and inexpensive idea.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is very good information, I like it, thank you for sharing. :)

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Wish I'd known about this when Mom was alive. She had toes that crossed each other. I wondered if it was because of the pointed toe shoes that were in stye during much of her teaching career.

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      Elaine Chen 5 years ago

      I have no idea about toe straightener until I stopping by this lens; thanks for your info sharing

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good to know there are these as I am a bit concerned now about my toes.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I had no idea that these toe straighteners existed. What a great idea! Pinned to my illness and getting better board.

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      bernie74 lm 5 years ago

      I had no idea these existed. I wil definitely look into them not just for me but for my whole family.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      My friend is having problem with a crooked toe. Maybe a toe straightener would be just what she needs.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I have a toe that's a bit of a hammertoe as the result of a teen age injury. Perhaps a toe straightener is just what the doctor would order - without a 120 dollar fee.

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      Sara Dowling 5 years ago

      I had no idea this was possible!

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      pusanggala 5 years ago

      hahaha this is a nice lens. xD Thanks for sharing=)

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      I did not know this about non-straight toes.

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      I'm going to keep my eye out for a comfortable bunion straightener - my right big toe and bunion has been giving me a lot of trouble recently. Thank you for the tips!

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      johnsja 5 years ago

      Ouch. Interesting lens.

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      LaurenIM 5 years ago

      I don't have a crooked toe but people who do, have so much physical challenges. If they don't have help, it could be excrutiating. ( know I spelled that wrong lol)

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      lucky izan 5 years ago

      I'm glad my toes is just fine.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Didn't thing was a DIY job.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Much preferable route than surgery for sure

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      WOW, I never knew one can do this with out operation!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Never knew this was possible.

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Very complex and informative lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens. thanks this is great information.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Amazing thing to know that the crooked toes can be straightened without surgery.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      What a great topic and informative and important lens. I have 2 hammer toes and never knew that they could be straightened. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Good information.

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