In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, discusses how bunions are treated using conventional and natural approaches. This video takes a closer look at the effects of footwear on foot and toe anatomy and function and the role of conventional footwear (especially the design element called toe box taper) on bunion formation. Dr. Ray also delves deeper into what a bunion actually is—a dislocation of the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint—and how this common (though not normal) foot problem can be treated without surgery. Finally, Dr. Ray discusses the importance of early treatment and prevention to guarantee the best possible outcome for this foot health problem (earlier is always better when correcting the forces that cause bunions). Consider watching this companion video that demonstrates a simple and effective home exercise for treating bunions.
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Dr. Robyn Hughes is a naturopathic physician, or ND, with a special interest in natural foot health and sports medicine. After completing medical school at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Robyn trained extensively with renowned sports podiatrist and natural foot care specialist, Dr. Ray McClanahan. Dr. Robyn is the Director of Medical Education for Correct Toes, a co-founder of NaturalFootgear.com, a freelance health writer, and a regular speaker at foot care teaching events. Dr. Robyn lives in Asheville, NC, where she’s an avid road cyclist, trail runner, and yoga student.