What is a "hammer toe"? A hammer toe is a lifted toe. This problem mainly affects the 2nd, 3rd and 4th toes. This condition is often associated with a foot with an excessively high arch. Folded toes are then crowded between tops of shoes and the inner soles. Pressure from shoes can create corns on the tops of toe joints and on the tips of shoes (soft corn). Hammer toes. Claw toes. Dorsal corns. When the toe protector is placed on top of toes, it distributes pressure and limits the formation of corns on the tops of toes. These forefoot protectors protect all of the toes, yet are small and easy to wear: the integrated protective gel is only 1mm thick. The fabric is soft and absorbs perspiration, making this device very comfortable to wear. It also provides warmth to the tips of toes, even with poor circulation. Can be machine-washed at 40 c.