Footwear: Solutions

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 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

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

Children & Natural Foot Health

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


“What shoes are best for my child?” As a physician with a specialty in the natural treatment of foot problems, this is a question I often hear in my office. It’s a question posed by concerned parents who, themselves, are afflicted with foot ailments such as 
bunionshammertoesfungal toenails, and plantar fasciosis. Kids, as you well know, spend a lot of time on their feet, walking, running, and playing... Read more

Cold Weather Footwear

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Keeping your feet and toes warm during the cold winter months is an important consideration, and so too is keeping your feet and toes healthy and pain-free. Winter is no time to forget 
natural foot health principles, and the footwear you use during the cold months should receive the same high scrutiny your warm weather footwear receives. In this post, I'll discuss some of the most important... 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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Definition of a Healthy Shoe

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


We all spend a lot of time on our feet, in shoes, so understanding what constitutes healthy footwear is absolutely crucial for building and maintaining optimal foot, toe, and joint health. Indeed, the health of your feet has profound implications on your entire body and your quality of life. But what are the key differences between a truly foot-healthy shoe and the industry standard?... 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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Footwear for Children

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Note the shape of your child’s foot. Which part of the foot is the widest? At the ends of the toes, of course! Now look at an adult’s foot. For almost everyone, the widest part of the foot is at the ball. But why is there such a difference in foot shape between young children and adults? Is it just a normal process of growth and development? The... 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