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Tips for Keeping Feet Dry

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Keeping your feet dry is important in preventing blisters, warts, and fungal skin and nail problems. Consider incorporating the following tips into your daily routine to keep your feet dry and your foot health hygiene optimized: Remove the liners from your shoes, place your shoes next to a heat source to encourage complete drying, dry your feet thoroughly after bathing and/or swimming, especially between your toes... Read more

Toe Extensor Stretch

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


The toe extensor stretch—a simple stretch of the toe extensor muscles and tendons—is perhaps the single most important stretch or exercise for foot health. Most conventional shoes possess about 15 to 20 degrees of toe spring, or upward toe ramping, which, along with heel elevation, creates imbalances in the flexor and extensor muscles and tendons that act on the foot. Overly tight toe extensor... Read more

Toe Spring

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Toe spring is a toe-deforming shoe feature present in most shoes, including athletic shoes. Toe spring is the elevation of your shoe’s toe box above the ground or supporting surface. The current industry standard for toe spring for most types of footwear is 15 degrees. This means that most shoes hold, or immobilize, your toes in an unnatural, extended position. This immobilization is problematic... Read more

Toenail Fungus

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, occurs when fungi invade the toe’s nail bed and other structures. Toenail fungus can be difficult to treat, and some infections may require the use of anti-fungal medicines. Fungi, including the fungi that invade the toenails, thrive in moist, dark, and humid environments—common conditions found in many types of footwear. People of all ages may...
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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

Top 10 Benefits of Correct Toes

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Top 10 benefits of Correct Toes Correct Toes, a toe spacing device made of flexible and durable medical-grade silicone, is a small but mighty ally when it comes to achieving and restoring optimal foot health. It's a natural alternative to the most commonly prescribed foot care products—such as arch orthotics and motion control footwear—as well as surgical procedures, and it accomplishes major foot health feats... Read more

Top Exercises for Feet & Toes

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Top Exercises for Feet & Toes
Certain foot exercises, along with appropriate footgear, can help rehabilitate your feet (including your toes) by stretching tight muscles and strengthening weak ones. Helpful foot exercises restore a dynamic balance between your foot and toe flexor and extensor muscle groups as well as integrity to the tissues (i.e., muscles, tendons, fascia, etc.) that act upon or within your feet. In... Read more

Top Tips to Improve Foot Health

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


Attention and time given to natural foot health concepts and activities can yield profound foot health benefits, both for foot injury prevention and improved quality of life. Caring for your feet and allowing them to function the way nature intended can keep you pain free and performing the activities you love most. In most cases, the answer to long-term natural foot health is simple and...
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What Causes Foot & Toenail Fungus?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Several factors may cause or contribute to 
foot and toenail fungus, including conventional footwear, decreased immune function and circulation, and trauma. Fungal toenail infections, also called onychomycosis, are common in adults and typically follow fungal infections of the feet. Fungal foot and nail infections can be difficult to treat and may recur even after successful treatment. Here are some additional... Read more

What Causes Foot Cramps?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

What Causes Foot Cramps?
In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, examines foot cramps and discusses the most common medical reasons for this foot health issue, including electrolyte abnormalities, poor circulation, medication side effects, and various nerve problems. Dr. Ray also notes that the most common cause of foot cramps... Read more