Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Care

Toe Rings and Your Feet: Our Podiatrist Weighs In

June 28, 2024

Toe rings are making a comeback this year, and these fashion accessories become increasingly popular during the summer months when sandals and other open-toed footwear make their appearance. If you have, or are considering, adding this trendy item to your toes, our podiatrist at Kirkland Office would like a word or two about the health considerations that come with the territory.

If you are considering getting your first toe ring, here are a few tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association:

  • Choose smooth, hypoallergenic materials like silicone or surgical steel, which will minimize the potential irritation.
  • A toe ring should fit snugly enough that it won’t slip off or get caught on fabric, but not tight enough to feel uncomfortable. Remove the toe ring and consult our podiatrist for guidance if you experience discomfort.

If you’ve already gotten a toe ring, keep in mind the following cautions from the APMA:

  • The skin between our toes is soft and delicate, and friction from a poorly fitted toe ring can cause painful blisters or even infections. This can be even more or a risk if you are wearing sandals, or shoes with open toes that continually rub up against the ring. 
  • A toe ring that has been sized too loosely can become snagged on socks and shoes, which can potentially cause an injury. 
  • Always keep your toe ring out of the hands of young children, because this tiny piece of jewelry can potentially be a choking hazard. 

Here’s the upshot from our podiatrist at Kirkland Office: These little fashion accessories can add a bit of sparkle, but as always, the health of your feet should be the No. 1 priority. Consider the quality of the materials, the accuracy of the fit, and pay careful attention to the way your body reacts to this new addition. Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.

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