You may want to check the toe for change in skin or toenail color to find out the causes of toe pain. The small and middle toe pain can be related to ingrown toenail. You will also have to check, if you notice redness, swelling or soreness on one or both sides of the toenail. Damage to a nerve in the foot can also be a cause of toe pain. Also, as part of the ageing process women tend to lose the bulk of the shock-absorbing 'fibro-fatty' pad under the ball of the foot Without this natural padding pain develops due to the pressure on skin over bone. The pain then can affect other areas of the forefoot (front of the foot) including the toes caused by contractures of ligaments and tendons leading to bunions (turning of the big toe towards the other toes) or your other toes may begin to curl and get stiff (often called hammertoes or claw toes). As this occurs, calluses become a larger problem and may build up under the ball of the foot, at the joints of the toes or even at the tips of the toes. Care must be exercised to limit damage to the skin by allowing these calluses to become wounds. Wear shoes that fit. A simple instruction but one that is frequently ignored particularly by those following fashion. Unfortunately ill fitting shoes are the source of many a foot problem. Ideally shoes should fit well and not rub anywhere. If necessary add insoles or protective cushions. Remember anything that causes rubbing, pressure or pinching can result in a callus. Treating foot corns by using removing ointments that contain acid can damage healthy skin on the other areas of the foot. Also, if the foot corn is open and discharging pus or a clear fluid it may be infected and you will need to seek medical treatment for a complete evaluation. You can also use a another mixture to soak your feet in made up of half of a cup of lemon juice and one cup of milk. Mix this up in a blender and pour this into a large bowl that you can put your feet in. Soak for about 15 minutes. Then apply moisturizing lotion to your feet and put on a pair of cotton socks. This is good for swollen feet. Attempts to counter the effects of gravity to relieve back pain and neck pain is not a new thing. Traction in one form or another has been employed for centuries to achieve just that. Painting your toenails can make them look sandal ready in seconds. Try to stay away from dark colors for the summer months. Because you will likely need to refresh your coat of paint every week or so, you should choose a subtle color of pink or get a French pedicure. This way it will not be as noticeable if it begins to chip as the dark colors are. Calluses on the feet generally form on the ball of the foot, the heel, and the underside of the big toe. They often form where the foot and the beginning of the toe meet (under the end of the metatarsal bone Corns Corns and calluses are annoying and sometimes painful thickenings that form in the skin at pressure points. The medical term for the thickened skin that forms due to this problem is hyperkeratosis. A corn refers to a more diffuse, the flat area of thick skin, while corn is an area of thick, localized usually has a conical or circular. Corns, also known as helomas sometimes have a dry, wax, or translucent. When developing a callus mass of dead cells in the center, becomes a corn (heloma). Corns usually occur in the fingers and toes. Corns occur on the feet, hands and elsewhere on the skin where friction is present. Calluses are seen whether a person wears shoes or chooses to go barefoot, while corns are most frequently the result of poorly fitting shoes that are too tight and tend to compress specific areas of the foot or, on the flip side, are too loose which allows the foot to move about and rub against the side(s) of the shoe. Wearing shoes or sandals without properly fitting socks can also lead to friction on specific areas of the foot. I’m with you thinking that when shoes don’t fit well, you should wear sandals without socks to remedy the situation, but this is apparently an incorrect thing to do.