Hammertoes

Crooked & Overlapping Toes: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, discusses the various types of crooked toes he sees in his Portland, OR, practice and what can be done to help straighten them out. Mallet toe, claw toe, and overlapping toe are all types of crooked toes that Dr. Ray mentions in this video. Dr. Ray also explains... Read more

Hammertoe Stretch & Mobilization

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, demonstrates a two-part stretch that can be used to help rehabilitate hammertoes. Hammertoes are caused by an imbalance between toe flexor and extensor tendons. The stretches shown in this video help restore tendon balance and realign the toes to the position... Read more

Hammertoes

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


A hammertoe is a type of crooked toe that involves unnatural contracture, or bending, of the affected toe. In most cases, a hammertoe is characterized by a toe malposition in which the end of the affected toe points down while the first bone of the same toe—the proximal phalanx—points up. A hammertoe resembles an upside-down letter “v” when viewed from the side. This 
crooked toe syndrome usually... Read more

Hammertoes: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, discusses the foot and toe condition called hammertoes and compares conventional podiatric treatment techniques with natural, preventive, and conservatives techniques. A hammertoe is an upward shifting of the first toe bone, and this shifting, notes Dr. Ray, is caused by two... Read more

How to Prevent Bunions & Hammertoes

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Bunions are a sometimes painful dislocation of the first metatarsophalangeal joint or fifth metatarsophalangeal joint that occurs primarily in shod (i.e., shoe-wearing) populations. There have been many suggested causes of bunions, but perhaps the most significant is the tapering toe boxes present in most conventional footwearTapering toe boxes have a long history of inclusion in most shoe... Read more

Toes & Foot Health

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Healthy toes are straight, evenly spaced, and free of the many problems that plague so many people in shod, or shoe-wearing, populations. Most 
conventional footwear, including running shoes, possesses tapering toe boxes that force the toes into a wedge-like position. This design characteristic, along with heel elevation and toe spring, causes many foot problems and toe deformities over time... Read more