Turf Toe Plate - Carbon Graphite - Flat

The Flat Carbon-Graphite Turf Toe Plate is thin enough to fit into all shoes and rigid enough to limit the range of motion of the great toe joint. This rigid carbon graphite insole is used to treat turf toe, hallux limitus and hallux rigidus. By One per package. One size fits most. Universal right/left.

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I'm an avid rock climber. Unfortunately, I have a rare cancer that will require amputation of my big toe from the last knuckle forward ("distal phalanx amputation"). Is there an insert that you think could help me climb after the amputation?

I would be prepared to modify an existing insert to fit, or have one custom-manufactured... Climbing is important to me. Thanks!


Really interesting question.  The thing about climbing shoes is that they’re a bit like ballet shoes in that you really want to be able to feel the surface that you’re on (the floor with ballet and the rock with climbing).  So how can you do that without a great toe?  

I spoke with my son who’s a climber about your question.  He explained to me that most ‘newer’ climbing shoes are designed with a slip last.  A slip last is a shoe design where the walls of the shoe, inside and out, come together in a single seam right down the middle of the shoe from the heel to the toe.  A slip last is great for this in that it wraps the foot (ballet slippers also use a slip last).  He said that many of the newer shoes are applied to the foot a bit like an Ace Wrap in that they use the slip last to wrap the foot and put rubber only on the ball of the foot and the toe.  The other downside of the newer design climbing shoes  is that there’s an intentional arch to the shoe that would preclude you from using any kind of arch support in the shoe.  I don’t think this style of shoe would be a good choice for you post amp.  

My son suggested either a big wall shoe or an approach shoe that would be a little more traditional without the focus on slip last design. In that case you could place either a flat turf to plate glued to the underside of the insole of the approach shoe or use a flat foot plate to line the entire bottom of the shoe.  

Another consideration is to have an orthotics and prosthetics shop place what’s called a toe plug on the insert.  The toe plug takes of the space vacated by the toe.  That’d be a must to have.  

Please let us know how this works out for you.  Both my son and I would appreciate how you solve this.  Watching him climb this past weekend makes me realize the challenge you have here.  Would love to hear how you solve this. 

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Best I've found for Hallux Rigidus
These fit nicely into my tennis shoes. I don't even notice that they are there.  I can play tennis for hours and don't feel the need to take off my shoes when I get home. No more pain. Highly recommend.
From: Barbara | Date: 9/18/2016 9:18 PM
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Turf Toe Plate
I thought it was a bit odd that it only came in one size but once I started using it, I realized that the size didn't really matter.  it's really quite cool the way you body weight keeps it in place (with a little two sided tape as recommended) and then it keeps the toe splinted.  Works very well for me in a number of different pairs of shoes.
From: Guest | Date: 5/16/2016 11:27 AM
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Would not buy again
It is difficult to fit in most shoes since it is flat and the shoes are generally contoured inside. Taping it in place is difficult if you want to move from shoe to shoe. I can feel it under the pads in the shoe as well.
From: Guest | Date: 5/2/2016 5:14 PM
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Not using it much
I have multiple shoes, but due to the awkwardness of this insert, I can only use it with one pair.  The issue is the taping is messy to change from shoe to shoe, and the end is rigid, so not comfortable, yet it's not practical to put inserts on top, that makes the shoe too small.
From: Guest | Date: 2/17/2016 10:55 AM
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BIG FOOT saved!
I ordered this for my 6'-4" 15 year old son at the suggestion of his athletic chiropractor.  He had turf toe.  He wears size 16 shoe.  This did the trick. Now his toe doesn't hurt after basketball and golf.  He wears it every day all day. Thank you for a great product! We were thankful it worked even on his big foot!
From: ANITA | Date: 11/24/2015 1:33 PM
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Somewhat helpful
These very thin toe plates are helpful for wearing in women's flat dress shoes for hallux rigidus. They definitely help alleviate the pain, and are better than full length insoles, but they do cause slight heel slippage. Also, it is hard to get them under many shoe insoles which are not designed to come  out and have to be unglued and pulled up.
From: Karen | Date: 6/18/2015 10:47 PM
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Works as described.
I was recently diagnosed with Hallux Rigidus. The doctor said he could prescribe a shoe insert but I chose to shop for myself. This product has worked exactly as described.  It did take a few days to get used to and it works a little different depending on the shoe it is in.  I can definitively recommend this product.
From: Guest | Date: 2/16/2015 8:04 AM
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Turf toe plate
This is such an effective product ~ no more pain!
From: Guest | Date: 1/24/2015 11:22 PM
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Easy to use...and it works!
Such a simple solution to a sore toe. I used 2-sided sticky tape to keep it in place, just where I want it in my shoe, so that my big to is completely protected.
From: Guest | Date: 10/13/2014 11:15 AM
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This is a simple fix!
I like this simple turf toe plate in that it can fit in any shoe I have! The key to making it fit is not worrying about the back of it going all the way back into the heel area, but to simply place the extension piece forward enough to immobilize your big toe. Used 2-sided tape to keep it in place - works great!
From: Guest | Date: 8/21/2014 2:56 PM
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Turf toe plate- carbon graphite flat
I wish this item came in different sizes. When I ordered it the sales person said it only came in one size. Unfortunately it did not fit my shoe comfortably. How can one size fit all?  Unsatisfactory.
From: Guest | Date: 8/5/2014 6:38 PM
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Extremely disappointed
Sold as one size fits all, far from it. I do have large feet but these don't even come close
to fitting into my shoe and being of any use. Maybe if you have small feet, but for
my size 14's these are useless. A better description and clarification of what size
shoe they will work for would be helpful.
From: Guest | Date: 4/25/2014 5:33 PM
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