I tried looking for some answers on this, but searching the forum and my google-fu has failed didn't turn up anything worthwhile.
My toes have always been quite scrunched up, and I've never had the ability to splay my toes out - I just can't make my toes do it at all. I bought some VFF's in January but for various reasons I don't get to wear them much (work, injuries), but they've always been hard to get into, especially my stubby curled up pinkie toe. I've been in Merrell Trail Gloves for the last 6 months as my only shoe and despite the extra room in the toebox there's been no difference whatsoever.
In the event I actually manage to fix my ITBS (and now PFS) I'd like to run barefoot/VFFs so while I'm doing nothing I figured now would be a good time to try and build some good foundations. I've been doing ankle Theraband exercises and have just started using a lacrosse ball to roll my sole on, and I'll starting doing some of the recommended VFF exercises. The foot splay part....I just can't do. Is it worth trying to stretch them out (e.g. with one of those foam nail varnish things) so I can attempt to teach the muscles to splay properly? Or am I worrying about nothing and should I just wait for it to happen as I put more miles in barefoot/VFFs?