Athletics

Are You Ready to Train?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Here’s a common scenario some of you may find yourself in: It’s been a few months since you last pulled on your athletic shoes, and you’ve been wearing conventional shoes at work that meet the office dress code but are kind of constricting. There is a big annual walking or running event coming up in the not-too-distant future that you always participate in, or you’ve... Read more

Benefits of Wide Toe Boxes for Hiking

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


Dr. Robyn and I were reminded on a recent hike of the importance of wide toe box shoes and natural toe splay for foot comfort and injury prevention. The combination of 
Correct Toes toe spacers and men's and women's wide toe box shoes is extremely helpful in preventing the foot and knee pain that plagues so many trekkers, especially on long descents, and it saved us from considerable... Read more

Causes of Outer Foot Pain in Runners

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


Outer foot pain is a symptom that may occur in runners, especially runners who record high weekly mileage or who use conventional athletic footwear. Numerous factors may contribute to outer foot pain in runners, including running shoes that contain 
injurious design features, excessive training (i.e., overtraining), an insufficient warm-up, and poor nutrition. Outer foot pain, while potentially debilitating... Read more

Correct Toes & Strengthening Exercises

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


Correct Toes is a potent foot health tool that can be used when performing certain key strengthening exercises to help enhance balance and foot stability. Having a strong, stable base of support can allow you to perform these exercises with proper alignment in the ankle, knee, and hip joints and generate more power throughout your whole body. The strengthening exercises demonstrated... Read more

Cycling Shoe Surgery

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Dr. Marty and I are avid road cyclists, and we’ve been searching for a healthy cycling shoe for some time now. Cycling shoes are notoriously constricting (and uncomfortable) footwear, holding the big toe in a bunion configuration for prolonged periods during rides. To our knowledge, and based on our experience, there is absolutely no reason why cycling shoes need a tapering toe box...
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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

Five Tools to Combat Foot Pain When Cycling

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


Foot pain while cycling (as well as foot pain after cycling) is a common experience for riders of all stripes. Almost all road cyclists, mountain bikers, and even bicycle commuters experience at least some degree of foot pain at some point during their riding careers. In some cases, the foot pain may be so severe that it prevents participation in cherished cycling activities and events, or, in... Read more

How Minimalist Shoes Can Help Prevent Ankle Sprains

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


Dr. Robyn and I are often stopped on hiking and running trails by fellow outdoor enthusiasts who notice our unique footwear choices. With puzzled looks on their faces, they ask us how we avoid spraining our ankles on such uneven terrain. The truth is, minimalist shoe wearers are at a distinct 
advantage when it comes to avoiding dreaded—and often temporarily debilitating—ankle sprains. But not all... 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

The Shoe Cushioning Myth

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


For decades, we, as footwear consumers and users, have been told that we need plenty of padding in our shoes and under our feet to help boost comfort and buffer the forces on our bodies that occur during standing, walking, running, and jumping. Like many things in the health arena, this information has become common knowledge and accepted as fact. Shoe industry bigwigs along with... Read more