Big Toe Stretch

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

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April 22, 2015
Char McGrath

I started to wear Aravon shoes with Powerstep Pinnacle inserts due to my chiro telling me to get better shoes because of a bunion. At the store, the salesman stated I needed one size larger because most people wear their shoes too small. After wearing these almost exclusively for about three weeks, my bunion seems to ache more than it did before I started wearing these shoes! Also whenever I take them off, my smallest toe and the one next to it gets numb on the “pads,” not the whole toe. Is that normal after switching to larger and roomier toe box shoes? Don’t want to have to go to a podiatrist. Thanks!

April 22, 2015
Natural Footgear

Greetings, Char,

Thank you for your comment. And thank you for your question. I’m not sure what specific model of shoe you’ve been wearing, but if the toe box doesn’t allow for natural toe splay, it’s not likely to help your bunion discomfort. As for the numbness you’ve been experiencing, my recommendation is to contact a naturally-minded foot care professional in your area to get a better sense of what’s happening in your specific case. You can find a list of such practitioners here:

Hopefully there is someone in your area who can give you more insight into what’s going on.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

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