Why wear toe spreaders?

Posted by Nick St Louis on

I've been getting a lot of questions on Instagram with people asking what exactly toe spreaders do, where to buy them and why they should be wearing them - this blog post should clarify a lot of those questions and also give some guidance on how to use them for people who have purchased them. 

What they do

To put it simply, toe spreaders spread out your toes. Most modern shoes compress the front of our feet and squish our toes together. After enough time spent in narrow footwear the foot starts to change shape and develop a deformity to adapt itself to the shape of your footwear. These deformities not only look strange, they can have some serious effects on foot function resulting in pain and problems down the road. 

Just like the fingers on our hands don't touch each other when relaxed, our toes should have spacing in between them (like the foot on the left pictured above). As our feet start to look like the shoes we put them in, the toes compress against each other and in some even start to overlap. This change in toe alignment, especially of the big toe is what creates bunions for many.

When the big toe drifts towards the rest of your toes, the powerful flexor tendon now starts to pull it more and more inwards which bows the first metatarsal further and further out causing worsening bunions over time

The Solution? Restore optimal toe alignment with toe spreaders


Restore your toe alignment, improve your balance, improve your gait and help prevent knee and back issues that result from upstream compensations related to your feet and big toe not functioning properly

How to use them

Start by using your toe spreaders in small doses and progressively increase how much time you use them for. Start with 1 hour per day and add an extra hour each week until you are comfortable wearing them for a long period of time. After regaining some initial mobility in the tissues between the toes, you can start wearing them at night when sleeping or even inside your shoes.

The continued mission to find better, lower priced products

We're working to find lower priced toe spreaders and re-stock our inventory with higher quantities to avoid selling out. We have more of our current style on their way in size regular and are testing out other alternatives. Our next model should be priced at $15 per pair, $25 for two pairs and we're continually working to get our shipping costs as low as possible.

We appreciate your patience and support as we figure things out. Our mission is to get you the best products for as cheap as we can and to use any profits to help us create more free content for TFC followers. 



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  • I have Lupus, I have had to go barefoot 100% of the time for over a year and a half because of skin issues and joint issues due to Lupus. I have been using the gel toe separators for 6 to 8 months. They help tremendously with joins and cramp issues, not to mention my toes are now starting to get straight again, from years of wearing shoes that crunch my toes together. I use the toe separators all the time at home. I can wear them 12 plus hours a day plus sleep with them. Yes it is somewhat uncomfortable until the toe joints get back in place. I had to start out slow and then increase the amount of time I wore them. If anyone has toe and or foot issues cramps, crooked toes etc. I would recommend using gel toe separators!

    Tiras on
  • Yes, in my view as a foot strengthening a Podiatrist in Australia, who now stocks these. It won’t fix your symptoms in the short term, but is a long term approach to foot strengthening.
    In my clinic, I use laser therapy, as soft 6 mm heel raise to cushion and " rest " the heel, Kinesio tape and a progressive strengthening soft orthotic system as both short and long term treatment ( like a Swiss ball effect, in shoe as you walk)
    In chronic cases we use a FitFlop or Oofos thong in lieu of bare feet, including on first weight bearing in am. Both elevate and cushion the heel, while a FitFlop rests the pull on plantar fascia at push off in gait.

    Bronwyn Cooper on
  • Are these recommended for plantar fasciitis?

    Mandy on

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