Strappy shoes are cute, but thick skin on top of your toes might be preventing you from wearing this style. The thick skin, otherwise known as corns, is caused from hammertoes. A hammertoe is a bony deformity of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes where the middle joint has become fixed into a clenched position.
Hammertoes may be hereditary. So if your parent or grandparents have crooked toes, you may be more prone to them as well. People with higher arches or longer toes are more likely to have hammertoes because a lot of weight is being put on the forefoot and the toes are pulling back. This buckling effect can also cause thick calluses on ball of your feet.
Unfortunately, a hammertoe won't go away on its own. Orthotics may be able to help with pain you are getting on the bottom of your feet, however they won't do much for corns on the tops of your toes. The best option for that would be surgery, especially if you don't want to change your lifestyle because of the chronic pain. So don't put away your strappy Manolos just yet - contact your podiatrist to discuss what is best for you.