Footwear: Problems

How to Determine Proper Shoe Width

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


We often receive the following question (or slight variations thereof) from readers and customers who are interested in determining the proper width of shoe to purchase: “I had my foot width measured at a local shoe store and was told that I need a wide shoe. Will the shoes you offer on your site work for me and my feet?” First, let me say that the foot width measurements... 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

Problematic Shoe Design Features

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Problematic shoe design features
Truly exceptional footwear allows your foot to function like a healthy bare foot inside your shoe. Most conventional footwear, however, from dress shoes to work boots to running shoes, includes a number of problematic design features that either deform your feet over time or cause you to experience foot and lower extremity injuries, or both. Shoe design elements to watch out for include... Read more

Rigid Soles

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Rigid, inflexible soles are a common inclusion in most conventional footwear. Most shoe manufacturers have taken the idea of foot sole protection and gone well beyond what is necessary or healthy for your foot. In most cases, only a thin layer of material between your foot and the ground is required for adequate foot protection. And people who have grown up in a barefoot culture may not require... 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

Shoe Sizing Techniques: Traditional vs. Natural

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, discusses the method that's historically been used for shoe sizing and why this technique falls short (and, in fact, often leads to a variety of foot and toe problems). He also demonstrates a better way to size shoes that respects the shape of the natural human foot... 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

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 countless healthcare professionals... Read more

Toe Spring

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Toe spring is a toe-deforming shoe feature present in most shoes, including athletic shoes. Toe spring is the elevation of your shoe’s toe box above the ground or supporting surface. The current industry standard for toe spring for most types of footwear is 15 degrees. This means that most shoes hold, or immobilize, your toes in an unnatural, extended position. This immobilization is problematic... Read more