The item was OK, and maybe it'd work for some, but the plastic kept hurting both feet, plus the straps kept rubbing on my instep and causing little sores which turned into blisters.
I agree that the plastic does annoy me. But, when I started using this nightly, it's use moved my big toe back into correct position. So the annoyance is not important, since this does work to keep the big toe from squashing the rest of the toes.
The concept is good but the hard plastic dug into my second toe and hurt.