When do you need toe separators?
Toe separators are made, as their name suggests, to separate the toes, provide more comfort and to help prevent the irritation and friction between the toes. The separators offered are made from gel, foam, cotton, moleskin and other materials.
People who have crooked toes, overlapping or pinched toes surely know how it feels to have those toes crammed into one another especially when wearing tighter shoes, or when running. This pressing together can cause sores and corns.
Reviews of the best toe separators for runners
YOGABODY Naturals Toe Spreaders & Separators
These toe separators come in two sizes – normal and large, so you can pick the one which fits you better. Created to help unbuckle toes and deal with tight feet which often can cause pain and can hinder balancing during Yoga (hence the name).
You can wear them while you are resting or sleeping, while practicing yoga and even in wide toe boxed running shoes. They are in a pretty wooden engraved box, and have a 10 year quality warranty. They will help stretch your toes, and can even alleviate bunions or hammertoe from tight footwear. They can also help people with toe dexterity, balancing and gait problems. They are soft, latex-free and washable.
Bunions toe separators DR JK- Comprehensive Bunion Relief and Ball of Foot Cushions Kit-10
This orthotic device has been designed and made specifically for people and runners who suffer from bunions, Hallux Valgus or Ball of Foot cushions. There are 5 pairs in the package and can be used while sleeping as well as during activities and in shoes. The kit has: toe separators, aligners, protectors, pain relief separators and toe straighteners.
The especially designed bunion pads and toe separators improve the joint alignment and help alleviate the irritation and friction when running or walking with shoes.
The size is universal and the material is very soft and washable medical grade gel. They are very efficient in reducing toe and foot pain and help prevent surgery for relieving the foot problems. The best news is that if you are not happy – you can request a refund without even having to return them!
Pedifix Gel Smart Visco-gel Toe Spacers – #1126 – Small (4 Pack)
These toe spacers provide a comfortable fit between the toes to reduce friction and irritation between them. They help relieve the pressure and pain caused by overlapping toes, corns, bunions and nail problems, which are often the case for runners who wear tight shoes.
The only possible factor which might turn customers away from this product is the fact that the separators in the package are all the same size, which may not work for everybody and for every king of foot shape.
They are virtually unnoticeable and can easily be washed and reused.
DR JK- Original ToePal: Gel Toe Separators & Toe Spreader (4 Pcs)
This kit includes two different types of ToePals, as well as Loop separators and Toe stretchers for Yoga practice. The separators help improve the alignment of the toes, and the straightener is very efficient for alleviate the discomfort and pain from foot problems, such as: bunions, hammer toes, Hallux Valgus, claw toes, and others. Made of soft and washable medical grade gel, they come with a satisfaction guarantee, so if you are not happy with them you can get a refund, even without needing to return them. The ToePal loops toe separators are for pain relief after a long run, a long day or after training. All of them are made of soft gel and provide the ultimate comfort and pain relief.
Original YogaToes – fight Bunions, Hammer Toes, Foot Pain
These stretchers are offered as a one size fit for women and men, and they really help alleviate the pain and cramping from bunions, plantar fasciitis, overlapping toes, corns, hammer toes, etc. Perfect for relaxing and straightening the toes after a long day wearing high heels, as well as for running, doing Yoga, working or training. They will help improve the balance, agility and the circulation in your feet. Wearing them regularly can prevent some foot problems which often accompany runners, athletes, hikers, ballet dancers, etc. they are made of high quality silicone gel, and are washable and reusable.
Doact In-shoe Toe Spacers
They help alleviate painful toe and foot conditions, and also help improve the balance, strength, alignment and flexibility of the feet. Use them in your running shoes during your runs or in the night when you go to bed to relieve the discomfort of shoes cramping the toes together.
They can be worn in shoes or at night. Made of soft, medical grade silicone gel, they are washable, comfortable and durable. The Doact toe separator helps with foot problems, including: bunions, capsulitis, neuromas, hammer toes, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, etc. Can help provide comfort, improve the performance and decrease the risks of injuries in runners and athletes.
Types of toe spacers
The separators come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so that they can fit feet of any size or shape. Some are intended for use in shoes and others aren’t.
Gel and foam separators help absorb the friction and the pressure between the toes. They are washable and reusable.
Other separators are made for night comfort and repositioning of the toes, and are not made for use in shoes. These are called splints and look like the ones which are used for pedicure. There are also so-called toe trainers which serve the same purpose.
Plus, there are some adhesives and bandages which can be wrapped around the toes to prevent the friction too. Toe socks can do the same, by wrapping each toe in separate little compartments.