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Correct Toes & Orthotics

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

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April 22 2015
Nina Puustinen

I have a very painful situation that I have been told is a hammertoe on my right foot. I am a nurse & have been wearing Dansko clogs. I feel they have not helped and may have hindered the condition. I am going to buy the Correct Toes today. My questions are: Can I return them if they are not helpful or hurt? And what brand of shoe do you recommend for nursing and for exercising (walking)?

April 22 2015
Natural Footgear

Greetings, Nina,

Thank you for your questions. And thank you for your order! We appreciate your business. To answer your questions:

1. Yes, absolutely, you can return your Correct Toes. We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on most of our products (www.naturalfootgear.com/pages/money-back-guarantee).

2. We find that a lot of nurses like the Lems Primal 2 (www.naturalfootgear.com/pages/lems-primal-2-shoes), which is also a great walking shoe. Another option that is not offered on our site (but that could work for both purposes), is the Crocs Rx Relief shoe.

Please do send any other questions my way, Nina. I’m happy to help.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

April 22 2015
Gary

Hello,

I have had problems with my feet all my life. I’m 24 and joining the military. I have been running 3-4 times a week in preparation for fitness tests to come. I have a very flat left foot but a decent right foot arch. I have Correct Toes to hopefully undo the damage I did when younger from wearing shoes too small which caused a twisted second toe, bunion, and a build up of dead skin on the side of my left big toe. When running, if I don’t wear sport insoles, my Achilles and calves tighten up. The reason I don’t wear the Correct Toes in shoes is because I’m a UK 14, which is a US 15. It is quite hard to get shoes in my size anyways without Correct Toes. I just wear them around the house as much as possible. I was wondering if you know how I could better look after my feet, or if you have any advice. Thank you!

April 22 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Gary,

Thank you for your comments. Rest assured that you’re not alone, as many people discover that their foot problems originated with childhood practices. Fortunately, we’re very adaptive creatures, and in our experience, taking steps to restore natural foot anatomy often yields positive results. The best advice we can give you is to educate yourself on proper foot anatomy (www.naturalfootgear.com/pages/foot-anatomy-101) and research your specific problems, which should allow you to begin taking steps toward healing.

If you check out the Conditions pages of our Education section (www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/tagged/conditions), you’ll be able to see which products may be helpful for specific problems. In your case, Correct Toes might be a good starting point for addressing the bunion and twisted second toe, as this device promotes proper toe spacing. If you want to run in Correct Toes, which many people find particularly helpful, you would need to find footwear with a wide enough toe box to accommodate them and allow proper toe splay. All the shoes we offer on the Natural Footgear site, including athletic footwear, have a toe box that is wide enough to accommodate Correct Toes (though larger sizes may be difficult to find).

I hope this helps answer some questions for you. If you have further questions or concerns, please do send them our way!

Kind Regards,
Andrew Potter

April 22 2015
Reuben

I bought Correct Toes a couple of months ago, but I have recently noticed one of them is developing a small tear. What should I do? It is past the 30 day limit. Can they be repaired?

April 22 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Reuben,

Thank you for your message. You’ll want to contact the company from whom you purchased your Correct Toes to see about getting a replacement. Many companies (including Natural Footgear) offer a 90-day materials warranty for products that break down under heavy use. Alternatively, you can repair your torn Correct Toes by using fish tank glue/sealant. People have reported that this type of glue is particularly effective in restoring torn spacers back to their original glory.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

April 22 2015
Danielle

Hello,

I have a large bunion that has developed over time on my left big toe joint. Additionally, a bunion is also forming on the right big toe joint. I have been considering having surgery this summer but am interested in trying the Correct Toes. To what extent could Correct Toes repair or take away these bunions so that I wouldn’t have to have corrective surgery?

April 22 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Danielle,

Thank you for your comment. Bunions are caused in part by the big toe’s migration toward the foot’s midline (due to wearing shoes with tapering toe boxes), so a splint between the big toe and second toe can be very helpful in returning your foot and toes to their proper alignment. Correct Toes serves this purpose, and when worn regularly with foot-healthy footwear (i.e., footwear that doesn’t continue to push the big toe toward the second toe), many individuals with bunions have found that symptoms can improve. If you want to read more about some foot-healthy options for bunions, we recommend reading this article:

www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17856628-bunions

I hope this has been helpful. If we can answer further questions, please just let us know!

Kind Regards,
Andrew Potter

April 22 2015
jan

I have plantar fasciitis and hammertoes. I stand on concrete and walk on concrete all day long. Will the Correct Toes work for me, and what would be the best shoes to wear?

April 22 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Jan,

Thank you for your message. Our recommendation for you would depend on the type of work you’re doing, and whether or not you’re required to wear casual shoes on the job. All of our shoes are foot-healthy, promoting toe splay and allowing room for the foot to act like a bare foot inside of the shoe. We suggest following the link at the bottom, and from there determining which style would be appropriate for your workplace. If you have further questions, or need sizing help, feel free to contact us at info@naturalfootgear.com. We’re happy to help out however we can!

www.naturalfootgear.com/pages/shop

Kind regards,
Andrew Potter

May 19 2015
Mary

I have arthritis romothoid and toes looks tall and short I just need to know if those correct toes will works for my case

June 14 2015
Natural Footgear

Hello, Mary,

Thank you for your post. Though we cannot give medical advice here, we have certainly seen Correct Toes help feet to feel better in many types of painful situations.

Here are two additional resources that might help you to make a more informed decision in your particular instance:

Regarding hammertoes generally:

www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17883716-hammertoes-conventional-vs-natural-approaches

Regarding arthritis (with special mention of rheumatoid arthritis):

www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17853104-arthritis

Please do let us know if you have additional questions. Feel free to email us directly at info@naturalfootgear.com.

Kindly,
Sarah K. Schuetz

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