Toe stretchers are an easy and cost-effective way to help stretch out the toe muscles and ligaments while improving overall alignment of the feet. Although not a long-term medical solution for foot conditions, they can help alleviate foot pain caused by bunions, plantar fasciitis and hammer toes.
Since they’re often bulky, most are meant to be worn without shoes while relaxing at home or even during yoga practice. However, there are some options on the market that can fit inside footwear for support throughout the day.
To help you find the best of the best, we’ve rounded up our favorite toe stretchers money can buy — all of which are made of hypoallergenic materials. Read on to shop them all.
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1. YogaToes Gems Gel Toe Stretcher and Separator
These toe stretchers feature an open construction designed to easily mold to the shape of your toes.
Pros: They can initially be worn for just 15 minutes per session, and then up to an hour as you get used to the sensation of wearing them.
Cons: They’re on the bulky side. The gel tends to stick to soft materials, like those found in carpeting or bedsheets.
2. ZenToes Toe Separators and Spreaders 4 Pack
These stretchers are designed to be worn over the second toe like a ring, with a tactile silicone pad that stays against the big toe to prevent overlapping. They can also comfortably fit inside most shoes for 24-hour support.
Pros: These also stretch to accommodate most feet.
Cons: Some users may find the ring starts to tear after repeated use.
3. Yogabody Naturals Toe Spreaders and Separators
The sleek design can comfortably be worn while you move through down dog or tree pose. Despite their closed toe design, these full-length toe stretchers comes with two pairs, smaller and larger, to ensure you get a close fit.
Pros: These can be worn for short intervals of 10 to 15 minutes, then work up to stretches of several hours. They also come with a small wooden box for easy storage. Unlike other designs, the gel used isn’t as sticky, making them easier to wear on carpet or in bed.
Cons: While these tend to be more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time, they may not be ideal for people who want maximum stretching effects (this design offers a moderate level of stretch).