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Benefits of Wide Toe Boxes for Hiking

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Benefits of wide toe boxes for hiking
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... 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

Blisters

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Foot blisters are a common health problem that affect most people at some point during their lives. This problem is usually caused by friction from shoes or clothing rubbing repeatedly against the skin, causing friction burns. Friction blisters occur when the outer layer of skin separates from the inner layer of skin and the space between these layers fills with lymph fluid. Friction blisters can cause...
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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

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Bunionettes are less common than 
regular bunions (bumps or prominences that develop on the inside part of the base of the big toe), though they are similar to a true bunion in their appearance and symptoms. Bunionettes are often called tailor’s bunions because they frequently occur in tailors who sit cross-legged on hard surfaces for prolonged periods. The outside aspect of the feet... 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

Bunions

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


A bunion is a foot condition in which the big toe points toward the second toe and a bump or prominence develops at the base of the big toe—at the junction of the big toe and the first metatarsal bone. The first metatarsal bone is the long bone located directly behind the big toe, in the midfoot. A bunion will cause the forefoot to appear wider than normal... Read more

Bunions & Heredity

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


In a lot of cases, people with 
bunions assume they are predisposed to developing this foot problem because their older relatives developed bunions. But it's impossible to state that bunions are hereditary if all the members of one's family have worn shoes with tapering toe boxes. Shoes with this injurious design feature hold the big toe in a bunion configuration for prolonged periods and are the... Read more

Bunions: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches

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 how bunions are treated using conventional and natural approaches. This video takes a closer look at the effects of footwear on foot and toe anatomy and function and the role of conventional footwear (especially the design element called toe box taper) on... Read more

Bursitis

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Bursae are situated in various locations throughout the body where friction between tissues commonly occurs. These sacs are designed to help reduce friction and prevent pain. Repetitive movements or prolonged and excessive pressure are the most common causes of bursal inflammation, though traumatic injury may also cause this painful problem. In fact, the body sometimes...
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