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Shoe Sizing Techniques: Traditional vs. Natural

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, discusses the method that's historically been used for shoe sizing and why this technique falls short (and, in fact, often leads to a variety of foot and toe problems). He also demonstrates a better way to size shoes that respects the shape of the natural human foot... Read more

Six Reasons to Realign the Big Toe

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Six reasons to realign the big toe
In the world of healthcare, there are no panaceas, or cure-alls. But a few simple strategies can have profound and lasting effects on your health. When it comes to building and maintaining foot and toe health, one simple action stands out above most others: realigning the big toe to the position that nature intended. Restoring the big toe so that... Read more

Six Ways to Restore Foot Health After Surgery

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Six ways to restore foot health after surgery
A lot of folks write in with questions about foot and toe surgery and what alternatives might be available for those who wish to avoid these procedures. We also get a lot of questions from people who've already had foot or toe surgery (or who are scheduled for a procedure), wondering if natural foot care methods might be... Read more

Tapering Toe Boxes

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Toe box taper—the narrowing of a shoe from the ball of your foot to the ends of your toes—is one of the most harmful features of conventional footwear. It's difficult to find a pair of shoes or boots (or even sandals) that are wider at the ends of your toes than the ball of your foot. Most shoes and boots, including athletic models, force your toes into a wedge... Read more

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Tarsal bones are the short bones located in the midfoot and rearfoot that form a bridge between the ankle and the metatarsal bones. The tarsal tunnel is a space located just below the bony prominence on the inside of the ankle, or medial malleolus, and is made up of bone on the inside and the flexor retinaculum—a band of connective tissue—on the outside. Several important structures...
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Tendinitis

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Tendinitis occurs when tendons—the fibrous connective tissue structures that connect muscles to bones—become irritated and inflamed. Inflammation is the localized response by the body to injury or damage caused by chemical, physical, or biological agents. Most tendinitis treated by foot care professionals is caused by overuse, usually from repetitive work tasks or recreational sports. Foot and lower...
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The Best Foot Pads

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

The best foot pads
The best foot pads can help reduce your foot pain, improve your foot function, and rehabilitate your foot. Not all foot pads are created equal, however; pads that immobilize your feet, holding them rigidly in place, can have detrimental effects on your feet and can unfavorably alter the structural arrangement and tone of your foot tissues, including your toes. Consider choosing foot... Read more

The Natural Foot Health Revolution

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


The natural foot health revolution is here. Increasing numbers of people are liberating their feet from the shackles of conventional footwear and realizing the benefits of more minimalist footwear. For the first time ever, footgear is now available to consumers that supports and respects the brilliant design of the human foot and helps correct toe deformities caused by years of inappropriate footwear use... Read more

The Shoe Cushioning Myth

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


For decades, we, as footwear consumers and users, have been told that we need plenty of padding in our shoes and under our feet to help boost comfort and buffer the forces on our bodies that occur during standing, walking, running, and jumping. Like many things in the health arena, this information has become common knowledge and accepted as fact. Shoe industry bigwigs along with countless healthcare professionals... Read more

Three Meditations for Running

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Three meditations for running
Running is a type of moving, or dynamic, meditation, and I, like many others, run to recalibrate my outlook on life, center my wandering mind, and spend time in the invigorating “flow” state so often experienced by athletes, gamers, musicians, and other performers. There is something so fundamental and primal about running; indeed, our ability (and willingness) to run long distances is... Read more