Arch Stability

Correct Toes & Orthotics

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Correct Toes eliminates the need for conventional orthotics in most people by enabling the foot arch (i.e., the medial longitudinal arch) to support itself. In general, we DO NOT recommend wearing Correct Toes in combination with orthotics; we instead recommend weaning yourself off orthotics—slowly and progressively—when introducing Correct Toes. Correct Toes toe spacers are... Read more

Feet & Footwear Myths

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


If you look at the foot of a young child, you will notice that his or her toes are spaced well apart. The foot of a young child is naturally designed for optimal balance and gait, and if the 
foot maintains this shape, optimal stride is preserved through old age: a finding observed in barefoot populations the world over. In industrialized societies, however, people spend a lifetime wearing shoes... Read more

Flat Feet: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


This video discusses the condition called flat feet. There are a lot of myths surrounding flat feet, and in this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, addresses each of these myths and compares and contrasts conventional podiatric treatments with natural, conservative treatment methods. Dr. Ray notes that having flat feet... Read more

Heel Elevation

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Heel elevation is a design feature present in almost every shoe, from dress shoes to work boots to running shoes, though 
there is little (if any) compelling evidence to account for its inclusion in shoes and other footwear. Most people in the United States and other parts of the world begin wearing shoes when they learn to walk, some even before. Almost all shoes, including children’s shoes... Read more

How to Strengthen Intrinsic Foot Muscles

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


Dr. Ray notes that the intrinsic foot muscles (aka plantar arch muscles) are a group of muscles that originate at the heel bone and attach to the toes. He also emphasizes the importance of properly aligning the toes to the 
position that nature intended before (or while) strengthening the intrinsic foot muscles. Realigning the toe bones—to help the intrinsic foot muscles do their best work—is step #1... Read more

Natural Arch Support

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


To understand our arch support philosophy, it’s important to understand the architectural principle of an arch. Webster’s Dictionary defines an arch as 
“A curved structure that supports the weight of material over an open space.” Put another way, an arch is any curved structure that is able to bear weight over an open space by providing support on either end of that open space. An arch becomes... Read more

Natural Foot Posture

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


In this short video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, demonstrates true, anatomically correct foot position and posture. Dr. Ray discusses the effects of conventional footwear on foot arch stability and how some common shoe design features actually work against the inherent strength of the foot to deform and destabilize... Read more

Pronation vs. Overpronation

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


In this video, sports podiatrist and Correct Toes inventor Dr. Ray McClanahan examines pronation and explains the difference between pronation and overpronation. Pronation is a normal, healthy joint action, but it can cause problems when it becomes excessive. Dr. Ray looks at what's happening at the ankle during pronation and demonstrates why conventional footwear, including... Read more

Shoe Liner Test & Pronation Explained

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Shoe Liner Test & Pronation Explained
In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of 
Correct Toes, describes the Shoe Liner Test  and explains why excessive pronation is such a common problem in our society. The Shoe Liner Test is a simple test that involves you pulling the liner out of your shoe (or a shoe that you are thinking of... Read more

Tapering Toe Boxes

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Toe box taper—the narrowing of a shoe from the ball of your foot to the ends of your toes—is one of the most harmful features of conventional footwear. It's difficult to find a pair of shoes or boots (or even sandals) that are wider at the ends of your toes than the ball of your foot. Most shoes and boots, including athletic models, force your toes into a wedge... Read more