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Treatment for Overlapping Toes

Overlapping toes, also known as toe overlap or crossover toe, can be a painful and annoying condition. It occurs when one toe sits on top of another, making it difficult to wear shoes and, in some cases, inhibiting mobility. Toe overlap can be the result of genetics, wearing tight-fitting shoes, and muscle imbalances. It can also be associated with other conditions, such as bunions or hammertoes. When dealing with toes that overlap, several treatment options are available. Manual separation, involving the taping of toes into a straight position, can be effective for both children and adults when initiated early. Orthotic footwear, including specialized shoes and custom insoles, can help to alleviate pressure and promote proper toe alignment. Muscle imbalances and joint misalignment can be addressed through targeted exercises. In severe cases, or with the presence of large bunions, surgical intervention may be necessary to correct overlapping toes and their associated issues. If you are suffering the effects of toes that overlap, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can conduct a thorough examination in order to determine the most suitable treatment plan for you. 

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Southwest Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Dallas, and Carrollton, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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