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Big Toe Stretch

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

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April 22, 2015
Char McGrath

I started to wear Aravon shoes with Powerstep Pinnacle inserts due to my chiro telling me to get better shoes because of a bunion. At the store, the salesman stated I needed one size larger because most people wear their shoes too small. After wearing these almost exclusively for about three weeks, my bunion seems to ache more than it did before I started wearing these shoes! Also whenever I take them off, my smallest toe and the one next to it gets numb on the “pads,” not the whole toe. Is that normal after switching to larger and roomier toe box shoes? Don’t want to have to go to a podiatrist. Thanks!

April 22, 2015
Natural Footgear

Greetings, Char,

Thank you for your comment. And thank you for your question. I’m not sure what specific model of shoe you’ve been wearing, but if the toe box doesn’t allow for natural toe splay, it’s not likely to help your bunion discomfort. As for the numbness you’ve been experiencing, my recommendation is to contact a naturally-minded foot care professional in your area to get a better sense of what’s happening in your specific case. You can find a list of such practitioners here:

www.nwfootankle.com/resources/122-healthcare-providers

Hopefully there is someone in your area who can give you more insight into what’s going on.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

October 19, 2018
Jacqui Saultry

Hello! Thank you so much for all of the information you have available on your website—it has been invaluable. I have had sore feet for quite a few years now. I bought Correct Toes a couple of years ago but have never been really disciplined about wearing them. Could you tell me how long I should be wearing them every day so that I can really help myself? Also, I was wondering if you know of any practitioners in Australia, specifically Melbourne, that I could visit to get some help? Thank you very much.

October 19, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Jacqui,

Thank you for your message. And thank you for your kind words about the site! We’re happy to know that you’ve benefitted from it.

In terms of daily Correct Toes use, we usually recommend a gradual approach, wearing them for short periods of time at first (say, 30 minutes per day) and then slowly increasing wear-time as your feet and toes begin to adapt to the spacers. Many people find that, ultimately, they can wear Correct Toes for most or all of the day.

Unfortunately, at this time, we don’t know of any natural foot care providers in Melbourne.

If you have any further questions, please just let us know.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

October 19, 2018
Heike

Hello! Can you tell me which foot cream is being used in this video?

October 19, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Heike,

Great question! The deep heat cream used in this video is made by a company called Sombra.

I hope this info helps!

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

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