Footwear: Problems

A Comprehensive Approach to Common Foot Problems

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


The need for natural and conservative alternatives to conventional foot and toe treatments has never been greater. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, approximately 43.1 million Americans have foot problems, and the cost of foot surgery to correct problems associated with improper footwear—bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, among others—is about...
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Are Clogs a Foot-Healthy Choice?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


From restaurants to offices to hospitals to healthcare clinics, clogs are ubiquitous footwear in work and casual environments alike. A traditional clog is made solely from wood, while contemporary clogs incorporate wood soles (or no wood at all) with upper materials such as leather, which allows for more versatility and greater comfort. Today’s clogs (such as Danskos) are inspired by that original... Read more

Are Flip-Flops Bad for Your Feet?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


The flip-flops discussion—are they healthy, are they not—seems to come up every year once the weather turns nice. There are wide-ranging opinions on the merits and pitfalls of flip-flops for foot health, and many healthcare professionals possess strong views on this ubiquitous warm-weather footwear option. In fact, the topic of flip-flops often generates a lot of controversy, seemingly... Read more

Conventional Footwear: Contemporary Foot Binding?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Foot binding, the practice of tightly binding the foot to stifle foot growth, was performed on young, upper class girls in China to make their movements and gait appear more feminine, and it was practiced even well into the 20th century. This practice caused extreme pain and long-term disabilities in those who underwent the procedure, and some elderly individuals in China may still suffer...
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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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Fashion Footwear & Foot Health

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Among the most common fashion footwear-related problems are bunions, plantar fasciosis, hammertoes, neuromas, and ingrown toenails. There are three main "features" of fashion footwear that, over time, cause foot problems in women. These design elements are heel elevation (the heel is elevated above the forefoot), tapering toe box (the toe box gets narrower as it goes... Read more

Fashion Footwear Survival Guide

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


You’re a contemporary fashionista who dresses to impress. You faithfully don your high heels to conform to business dress standards, impress your employees, boss, or coworkers, and look fierce, maybe even sexy. You’re aware that wearing your fashionable heels may result in painful footsteps, but, well, you’re willing to squeeze them on for the sake of good looks. If this description mirrors...
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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

Footwear & Knee Osteoarthritis

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


Knee osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is a common health problem in the United States, especially among the elderly. This health problem, notes the 
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, is one of the top five most common causes of disability in older individuals. The risk for knee osteoarthritis-related disability, states the Academy, is comparable to the likelihood of disability... 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