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Bunions: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

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April 16 2015
Mary

This video addressed all my questions – thank you! It is very well made and the illustrations are perfect! Now I know why it hurts under the foot, because the first metatarsal actually rolls in over time and the muscles tighten or lengthen and weaken. It all makes sense now!

I bought Correct Toes after my podiatrist recommended exactly what was mentioned in the video. He had no interest in explaining what was going on, but I wanted an approach that made sense to me. Your toe gadget made perfect sense because it prevents the second toes from simply being pushed over which is what my toe spacer did. But now I get the full picture. Thank you so, so much!

April 16 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Mary,

Thank you for your message. I’m glad you enjoyed the video! And I’m also thrilled to hear that you’re enjoying your Correct Toes. Please do keep us posted on your progress with natural foot health approaches.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

April 16 2015
Junai

Hi! I’m 17 years old and have had visible bunions for as long as I can remember, especially on the left foot. I’m sure this is from the bad shoes I wore as a child going to school (at home I was always barefoot). The video says that this keeps the arch from working properly. As far as I can tell, I have a nice high arch that works fine. I go barefoot most of the time (during the summer I almost never wear closed shoes, just Xero Shoes), and I can go several miles on gravel or pavement without a problem. On the occasions that I’ve played softball and volleyball, I’ve done so barefoot. At rest, my second toe and big toe don’t touch at all. I do have a tiny bit of pain under the ball of my right foot (smaller bunion), which is understandibly worse in shoes that have a raised heel. Barefooted I don’t feel pain unless I’ve gone a long way on a hard surface, and even then, it’s very minimal. So what’s going on with my feet, and how can I get them to their best?

April 16 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Junai,

Thank you for your detailed message! Conventional footwear tends to have the greatest effect on foot structure, joint position, and toe alignment during those early developmental years of childhood (due to the nature of foot tissues during this main growth stage). The forces that work on our feet during those years can have a ripple effect on foot and toe anatomy that lasts for decades. It sounds as though you’ve adopted natural foot health approaches that are keeping your feet healthy, with the exception of your current concerns (visible bunions).

The other part of foot and toe rehabilitation is actively correcting toe misalignment using a toe spacing device such as Correct Toes (www.naturalfootgear.com/products/correct-toes). Correct Toes is most effective in resolving bunions when it’s used in a weight-bearing situation (i.e., standing, walking, running) in combination with men’s (www.naturalfootgear.com/collections/mens-shoes) or women’s (www.naturalfootgear.com/collections/womens-shoes) foot-healthy footwear and other beneficial natural footgear (e.g., Injinji toe socks, Strutz Pro, etc.).

If you have any additional thoughts or questions, please do send them my way; I’m happy to help out however I can!

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

April 16 2015
Cheryl

Can you give me any idea as to how long it takes before you see results in correcting a bunion? Does it take months or years? I do have a good size one on my left foot and am considering your product as well!!!

I thank you.

April 16 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Cheryl,

Thank you for your question. The answer is … it depends. How quickly you’re able to restore proper toe alignment and resolve your bunion naturally depends on numerous factors, including your tissue pliability (how your soft tissues respond to the forces placed upon them), your age, how many years you’ve worn conventional footwear, how often you use Correct Toes and other natural approaches (e.g., relevant stretches), how often you avoid wearing injurious footwear, etc. A lot of folks see significant improvements in a matter of months, but to fully restore your feet and toes to their natural state may take longer. Just as it took a long time for toe deformities to occur, so too does it take some time to truly rehabilitate the feet and toes.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

May 16 2016
Abby

I am 70 yrs old. Several months ago I purchased Correct toes, Primal 2 shoes, and Luna sandals. Wearing them has decreased my discomfort.

At my age, is alternative treatment feasible or should I resign myself to Correct Toes and barefoot shoes? If help is a reasonable expectation, is there a list of alternative treatment physicians available?

May 16 2016
Natural Footgear

Hi, Abby,

Thank you for your comment. I’m glad to hear that you’re putting your foot-healthy footwear and Correct Toes to good use!

Wearing Correct Toes in combination with wide toe box footwear is part of a comprehensive natural approach to rehabilitating the feet. There are additional techniques you might also consider, and these are best explained by a healthcare provider familiar with the methods of natural foot care. Here is a list of healthcare practitioners with at least some familiarity with natural foot care approaches:

www.nwfootankle.com/resources/122-healthcare-providers

I hope this information helps!

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

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