How to Make Your Own Toe Separators

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Moisture trapped between toes can result in soft corns.
Moisture trapped between toes can result in soft corns. (Image: Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Toe separators are objects used to prevent the toes from rubbing against each other. They can be small objects placed between two toes or a brass knuckles-like object which separates all five toes of a foot. Toe separators can relieve pain and discomfort caused by soft corns which appear between the toes where the skin is moist from sweat. Toe separators are also used by beauticians when working on customers' toes. When making toe separators of your own, it is imperative to adjust them to your own toe shape and size, otherwise they can be very uncomfortable.

Things You'll Need

  • Polymer clay
  • Carving knife
  • Measuring tape

Individual Separators

Remove any footwear or socks from both feet. Place some polymer clay between each toe of the left foot, so that the toes are separated but not overstretched to the point of being uncomfortable.

Press the toes together gently. When you wear narrow width shoes, toes are pressed together. Therefore, if you don't adjust the separators' thickness to these conditions, you will be in a lot of pain when wearing such shoes.

Remove the four separators and use a carving knife to number them from L-1 to L-4. This way you can easily determine the correct position of each separator. Trim any extraneous clay so the separators stay neatly between the toes.

Repeat the process with the right foot toes and number them from R-1 to R-4. When all eight separators are ready, place them in a regular oven.

Bake the toe separators for 45 to 60 minutes in temperatures between 230 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on your clay brand. Consult the instructions on the clay pack or ask your retailer.

Brass Knuckle-Like Separator

Form a polymer clay cuboid, measuring 7 inches in length, 1/2 inch in width and 1 1/2 inches in height. Use a tape measure to take accurate measurements.

Place the cuboid on the floor and press the toes of your left foot on the clay, keeping your toes spread apart as you do so. Since the cuboid has a small width, only a small part of your toes will covered with clay, leaving the toenails free.

Cut out the excess clay on the left and right of your foot. Place additional clay between toes which are not separated sufficiently.

Draw your toes carefully out of the separator and repeat the process to create a separator for your right foot. Place both separators in the oven and bake them for two hours. Remember that this type of separator is only for toe stretching; do not wear them when walking.

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