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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...
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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

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 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

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

How to Transition to Minimalist Shoes

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Many people are aware that a transition period is required when switching from conventional shoes to minimalist shoes. In fact, this is one of the most common topics we hear about from patients and customers. Most people want to know the proper protocol for transitioning to 
foot-healthy footwear—shoes, boots, or sandals that are widest at the ends of the toes, have flexible soles, and... 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

Neuromas & Natural Foot Health

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


A neuroma is a thickening, or enlargement, of a part of a nerve. Neuromas can develop in any part of the body, states Dr. Ray McClanahan, a natural sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, in this informative video, though they tend to occur with greater frequency in certain parts of the foot. Conventional footwear, notes Dr. Ray, is one of the leading... Read more

Origin of Natural Foot Care (Dr. Ray's Story)

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


This video introduces Dr. Ray McClanahan, a leader in conservative foot care treatments, the inventor of Correct Toes, and our personal mentor. In this clip, Dr. Ray discusses his personal journey as a healthcare provider and the reasons why he adopted a more natural approach to foot care. This video also identifies the footwear features that cause or contribute to numerous toe, foot, ankle... Read more