I have a little problem, namely, the little toe on my left foot. It gets a bit swollen and sore after every hike that is over five or six miles. My shoes (Keen Targhee hiking shoes) don't feel tight or cramped.
The symptoms are not severe, but I am afraid it will get worse, especially considering I have a weekend backpacking trip coming up and will be doing over 20 miles.
I know this is minor compared to a lot of more serious issues people have, but I thought I would put this out there for feedback / suggestions.
Dancers have toe problems, perhaps every bit as often as do backpackers. There are a number of products to solve specific foot problems associated with the stresses and loads of dancing.
Bunheads..... a manufacturer and distributor of foot problem aids for dancers. Bunheads
or just www.bunheads.com
and look in /products/gel products.
I recently found this and had good success with stopping painful irritation in one toe with the stretch gel cap product. Maybe they will do something about your problem.