With four distinct sizes to choose from, Correct Toes works great for many people right out of the box. Because all sets of feet and toes are unique, however, it's sometimes necessary to make changes to the device to accommodate different needs. Correct Toes toe spacers are amazingly versatile and can be customized to enhance your toe comfort or address a variety of toe considerations ranging from webbed toes to hammertoes to corns.
This video takes a closer look at some of the most helpful customizations you can make to your Correct Toes to optimize fit and comfort, including the following:
Irritation or Rubbing: In the event that you experience any skin irritation or rubbing when using the device, consider using Injinji toe socks to create a barrier between the spacers and your skin. Performing the Shoe Liner Test is another helpful strategy that can help prevent irritation or rubbing. View Customization
Too Much Pinky Spread: If you find that your pinky toe is being pushed too far out and this is causing discomfort (or if your pinky toe is rubbing against the toe box of your footwear), there are several customizations you can make to the device that may be helpful. View Customization
Correct Toes Sliding Off: If you find that Correct Toes is sliding off the ends of your toes, there are several things you can do to prevent this from happening, including using the spacers underneath a conventional sock, using them in combination with Injinji toe socks, and trimming the pointed ends of the large and small pylons. You can also use two thin velcro straps looped through the cavities built into the device to keep it rooted in place. View Customization
Bunion & Tailor’s Bunion: This modification can be helpful for anyone who is rehabilitating a bunion or tailor's bunion and who is looking to gain additional space between their first and second or fourth and fifth toes, respectively. This customization involves using one or more “shims” to help “bulk up” the device. View Customization
Too Tight on Toes: In the event that Correct Toes feels too tight on your toes, the first thing to do is try the next size up to see if that provides a better fit and feel. If the tightness is localized to just one toe, however, you can cut a small hole in the top or bottom of the between-pylon material to help free up some additional space around your affected toe. View Customization
Hammertoes: If your hammertoe happens to be irritated by the device, there are a couple of customizations you can make that may be helpful. View Customization
Corns: If you have a corn on your toe, there are several modifications you can perform on the device based on where your corn is located. A good first approach before trying these customizations, however, is to apply a moleskin bandage to the affected area to help decrease the irritation. View Customization
Webbed Toes: You can make customizations to Correct Toes to accommodate partial or fully webbed toes. Performing these customizations does not compromise the integrity of the device. View Customization
“Large” Size Modification: You can perform a special customization to the Large size of Correct Toes to help address any irritation at the ball of your foot or at the base of your toes. View Customization
Most of these modifications are best performed using a pair of sharp, fine-point scissors.
In our experience, we've found that, if you are in between sizes, it usually works best to size up in Correct Toes and make any necessary modifications to the larger size. If you're on the fence about sizing, you can also order both sizes, try them on in person, and then simply send back the size that doesn't fit as well for a refund. Please also note that you can perform customizations on your Correct Toes and still exchange them for a different size or return them for a refund, as long as it's within 30 days of when you received the device.
Dr. Marty Hughes is a chiropractic physician, or DC. He received his doctoral degree from Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC), now known as the University of Western States (UWS). Dr. Marty has always been interested in foot health, due to the connection between the feet and the spine. He has worked as a freelance writer for LiveStrong.com, for whom he contributed over 2,200 health-and-fitness articles. He is a co-founder of Natural Footgear and an ardent supporter of natural foot care approaches. Dr. Marty enjoys road cycling, trail running, hiking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing as well as exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina.
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I recently exchanged my size Small Correct Toes for size Medium, since the Smalls would sometimes slide off when wearing them with sandals. The Medium is bunching a little between two of my middle toes. I could not find a video on how to modify the spacers if they bunch a little. I’m not sure which size is best for me.
Thank you for your comment. Bunching of the toe spacer material between your toes can signify a spacer that’s too large, though a minor amount of bunching is often okay; it should dissipate over time as your toes begin to spread out and take some of the “slack” out of the device. With that in mind, please do feel free to send us an image of the spacers on your toes (including one showing the problem area) for us to evaluate. We’ll be better able to offer fit and sizing advice after seeing how the device is sitting on your toes.
Marty Hughes, DC