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My guess is that he has got a combo of nasties started due to the licking and also possibly due to allergies. I would do the vet thing, and I would request a prescription ointment called Animax. Animax contains stuff to kill bacteria and fungi, and a topical steroid to take care of swelling and itching. You want the ointment which is thin and oily and seeps into everywhere, as versed to the cream which is thick and requires gobs and gobs to get it spread around. Use it three or four times a day, and go outside to play immediately after you apply it so it isn't just licked off right away. Make sure it gets EVERYWHERE... between the toes from the top and between the pads on the bottom, all the way deep. In my experience, even if you figure out why this started, you will not get it stopped without topical meds... the meds will probably begin to bring relief on the first day, and have things fixed up in less than a week.
Corn and/or wheat in food, treats or extras? Possibly flax? If yes, get rid of all the offenders. Hopefully, you did answer yes to this, since altering the diet is the easiest fix.
No booties... warm and lack of air circulation will make things worse, and make your dog nutz.