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Further information about hyperextension of the distal phalanx

Little things that might help

Hyperextension of the distal phalanx, or over extension of the big toe, is often the bodies way of compensating for the reduced movement in the main big toe joint area. The problem of big toe holes in your trainers or shoes is not the sort of topic brought up in conversation so people are not aware of the number of the population that suffer from this problem. Experts estimate that as many as 1 in 5 people have this issue and it can be an annoying and expensive problem.

A couple of points to check if you get big toe holes in your trainers / shoes are:

Correct size - Are your trainers the correct size? it seems obvious but ensure they are not too long or too short.

Laced / fastened securely - When walking or running, if trainers aren't laced / fastened securely enough, the foot can move down your trainer and the big toe can hit the end of the trainer.