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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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A Natural Approach: How it All Began (Dr. Ray's Story)

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


As a sports podiatrist, I use natural approaches to address common foot, ankle, and lower extremity problems. However, the foot health approach I use in my office today differs markedly from how I practiced after I graduated from Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine (now Temple University) in 1995. My education, including my two-year podiatric surgical residency... Read more

An Interview with Natural Footgear

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


Natural Footgear is a one-stop shop for all your natural foot health needs. We offer in one place all the gear you need to realize lasting foot health, and we are committed to sharing the information and approaches that we’ve found most beneficial for ourselves, our customers, and our former patients. At Natural Footgear, we take the approach that the foot is inherently strong, stable, and adaptive... Read more

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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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

Are You Ready to Train?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Here’s a common scenario some of you may find yourself in: It’s been a few months since you last pulled on your athletic shoes, and you’ve been wearing conventional shoes at work that meet the office dress code but are kind of constricting. There is a big annual walking or running event coming up in the not-too-distant future that you always participate in, or you’ve... 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

Big Toe Stretch

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


In this informative video, Dr. Ray McClanahan—a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of 
Correct Toes—discusses (and demonstrates!) a helpful manual technique for stretching and releasing the soft tissues associated with a bunion deformity. This technique can be used by healthcare providers for their patients, or it can be used by patients as a self-care technique at home... Read more

Bunion Reversal Strategies

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


Using Correct Toes in combination with men's and women's foot-healthy footwear is one of the best strategies to help reverse or prevent bunions, but what else can you do in terms of tactics, techniques, and exercises to assist this process? This video takes a closer look at exactly this question and includes demonstrations on how to manually straighten the big toe, how to massage... Read more

Bunionettes: 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 how bunionettes are treated using conventional and natural approaches. A bunionette, also known as a tailor's bunion, is a bump or prominence on the fifth metatarsal bone, at the base of the little toe. A bunionette is not a growth of bone... Read more