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Six Reasons to Realign the Big Toe

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

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Comments
May 02, 2015
Derrick Elliott Jr

How will I know when I’m finished with correct toes

May 08, 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Derrick,

Thank you for your comment. You pose an excellent question. I think it’s important to keep in mind that toe and foot problems often occur over a very long period, and so it’s most likely that the recovery or rehabilitation process will also take some time. Please view the following article to learn more about Correct Toes results and expectations:

www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/product-info/17922240-correct-toes-results-expectations

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

July 04, 2016
Joan Taggart

Many thanks for your generous sharing of information. I want to try hard to avoid surgery. My big toes are badly out of line, and I am already using Correct Toes and Lems shoes. I would greatly appreciate the info about the bunion stretch. I will work hard to make it work. Thank you in advance!

July 04, 2016
Natural Footgear

Hi, Joan,

Thank you for your message. And thank you for the positive feedback. Much obliged!

I have included some resources below that discuss natural approaches to bunions and achieving optimal foot health. I think you may find these links helpful:

Big Toe Stretch:
www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17856416-big-toe-stretch

Free e-course on Bunions:
www.naturalfootgear.com/pages/do-you-have-foot-pain

Bunions: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches:
www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17856712-bunions-conventional-vs-natural-approaches

Please let us know if you have any additional questions. We are here to help!

Kind regards,
Laura Trentman

August 02, 2016
Eva Grayzel

What is your opinion about just using a single toe spacer between the big toe and second toe, where the problem is? At least work up to wearing the full toe separator device. Also, would you recommend wearing the toe spacers all the time? Thanks for a very informative article.

August 02, 2016
Natural Footgear

Hi, Eva,

Thank you for your comment. We don’t typically recommend wearing just one spacer, or even part of a spacer on one foot (unless modifications to the device are required). Correct Toes is intended not only to splay the toes, but to do so in an anatomical (as opposed to an arbitrary) fashion. The device is also designed to improve foot and toe circulation, balance, and general foot health.

To start, we recommend a gradual introduction to the device. Wear your Correct Toes for about 30 minutes per day at the start and then slowly increase wear-time (by about 30 minutes per day) as they begin to feel more natural on your feet. Correct Toes works best when used during weight-bearing activity, so walking and doing activities while wearing your Correct Toes will help accelerate toe realignment and other benefits associated with the device.

I hope this information helps! Please feel free to email us directly with any further questions. In addition, I have included some resources below that you may find helpful:

Correct Toes Q&A:
www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/product-info/36584197-correct-toes-q-a

Free Correct Toes e-Course:
www.naturalfootgear.com/pages/do-you-want-to-learn-more-about-correct-toes-toe-spacers

Correct Toes and Circulation:
www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/36183429-correct-toes-circulation

Correct Toes vs. Other Toe Spacers:
www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/product-info/17922312-correct-toes-vs-other-toe-spacers

Kind regards,
Laura Trentman

February 08, 2018
Kaila June

Hi! I have a client who has excessive pronation and knee valgus. I am working with her to restore muscle length tension relationships and proper biomechanics through corrective exercise. However, she also has painful and limiting capsulitis of the 2nd metatarsal. Do you think toe spacers would be a good intervention for her? Thanks!

February 08, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Kaila,

Thank you for your comment! In our experience, we’ve found that Correct Toes toe spacers (www.naturalfootgear.com/collections/correct-toes) can be a very effective tool in treating capsulitis. Metatarsal pads (www.naturalfootgear.com/products/pedag-metatarsal-pads) or Strutz foot pads (www.naturalfootgear.com/collections/strutz-foot-pads) can also be very helpful for this purpose. These pads help guide the forefoot fat pad back to its intended (and protective) location beneath the metatarsal heads.

Another major consideration is addressing the possible causes of your client’s condition in order to prevent its recurrence. This video dives a bit deeper into the underlying causes of capsulitis:

www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17853268-ball-of-foot-pain-conventional-vs-natural-approaches

I’ve included another link below to a detailed article on capsulitis that I think you might appreciate:

www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17860972-capsulitis

I hope this info helps! If you have further questions, please do let us know.

Cheers,
Andrew Potter

October 22, 2018
Timothy Lamps

What brand/make of shoes are in the topmost picture, with the toe spacers and toe socks?

October 22, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Timothy,

Thank you for your question. That would be Be Real Shoes. To the best of my knowledge, these shoes are no longer being manufactured. The closest alternative would be Vibram FiveFingers shoes.

I hope this info helps!

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

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