- Value: 20/20
- Functionality: 19/20
- Quality & Ease of Use: 18/20
- Aesthetic: 15/20
- Pain relief: 19/20
- TOTAL: 91/100
Pronated ankles and flat feet have riddled me with years of plantar fasciitis and the pain and swelling that comes with it. (Also, hi, nice to meet you too.) I've done the podiatrist-prescribed custom orthotics, the calf stretching, the frozen water bottles and the expensive arch-support shoes, but I have to say, nothing has helped me more quickly relieve pain than these bizarre-looking toe separators from Yoga Toes.
I first learned about toe separators through my midnight YouTube scrolling. One night, I fell down a plantar fasciitis hole—videos of physical therapists massaging and/or prescribing cures for the common foot problem—hey, I'm not judging what you're watching. But one video in particular caught my eye because it mentioned nothing of the usual elixirs. Instead, it brought to my attention toe separators. Hmm. Toe separators. Like the toe spacers you wear when getting a pedicure but on steroids, toe separators fit snuggly between you toes, gently spreading them out.
The idea is that the human foot is meant to be unencumbered, giving our toes the opportunity to starburst out. Alas, the fashion industry isn't as into wide toe boxes. Even your typical sneaker will smush your toes together, resulting in a lifetime of foot pain (read: bunions, hammer toes, etc.). Personally, I think a naturally wide foot and years of ballet flats with narrow toe boxes have really messed with me. So, a $30 investment compared to weekly sessions of therapy or more expensive custom orthotics that seem to do more harm than good was a no-brainer. I ordered the Yoga Toes and they showed up on my doorstep the next day.