The Healthy Foot

Classic Study #1: A Comparison of Barefooted & Shoe-Wearing Peoples

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


The first study we’ll look at was conducted by a gentleman named Philip Hoffman, and it was published in the October 1905 edition of 
The American Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. Hoffman’s study, called “Conclusions Drawn From a Comparative Study of the Feet of Barefooted and Shoe-Wearing Peoples,” drew upon observations he made of the feet of unshod individuals... Read more

Classic Study #2: Notes on Foot Disorders

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


This is the second installment in our ongoing series in which we examine foot-related research studies published many decades ago. This study, conducted by Earl T. Engle and Dudley J. Morton, is called “Notes on Foot Disorders Among Natives of the Belgian Congo” and was published in 
The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery in 1931. The researchers were part of an Africa expedition... Read more

Classic Study #3: Feet & Footprints of Solomon Islanders

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


This is the third installment in our ongoing series in which we examine foot-related research studies published many decades ago. This study, conducted by Clifford S. James, is called “Footprints and Feet of Natives of the Solomon Islands” and was published in 
The Lancet in 1939. The researcher, James, worked in the Solomon Islands region for over a decade. This study was conducted out of... Read more

Correct Toes & Circulation

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


One of the lesser known and discussed benefits of Correct Toes toe spacers is their ability to boost circulation in the feet and toes. Many Correct Toes users have reported this great benefit, but until now we haven’t actually been able to see this effect or quantify it. Thanks to a Correct Toes user (Sergio, from Spain) and the wonders of infrared (IR) imaging, we can now... Read more

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

Foot Health Research & Resources

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


Listed below are numerous journal articles, magazine and blog articles, and books that support a barefoot or minimalist shoe model for injury-free walking or running. These studies and books discuss the merits of barefoot living and the injuries commonly associated with the use of conventional footwear. Some of the articles discuss specific conditions, such as 
bunionsplantar fasciosis, and... Read more

Healthy Foot Anatomy

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 how conventional footwear alters normal foot and toe anatomy and leads to excessive pronation and foot problems. Learn more about natural foot wisdom from one of the most progressive and naturally-minded podiatrists in the United States... 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

Love Your Feet!

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Feet are a part of the body that sometimes go neglected. But it's important to show your feet the affection and attention they deserve. Loving your feet means appreciating their incredible and brilliant design and caring for your them in a way that supports and encourages their long-term health. Understanding the numerous structures and unique architecture of your feet can help you better...
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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