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Bunions & Heredity

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


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April 16, 2015
Sylvia Simko

Dr. McClanahan:
I was fascinated with your various videos on line. Unfortunately I only discovered all this after I had my two bunions operated on (one of them twice!). I am 75 years old. Do you think that wearing the Correct Toes and of course wearing the appropriate footwear can still help me stop or even reverse the advance and recurrence of my bunions?

April 16, 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Sylvia,

Thank you for your message. Dr. McClanahan is our personal foot health mentor, and we love his videos too! A lot of folks in their seventies have benefitted from natural foot approaches, including the adoption of Correct Toes and foot-healthy footwear. How you personally respond to these approaches depends on a lot of factors, including the mobility of your toes and the tone of the tissues (muscles, ligaments, etc.) acting on your toes. Here is a video ( that discusses the possible benefits of natural foot health in older individuals.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

June 01, 2016

After years of having bunions, I bought Correct Toes and I believe they are helping. I have also purchased and wear only Altra shoes (for after-work wear) and Olukai (for work) and I think these are the best two shoes to give the most room for the toes in general and while wearing Correct Toes. Unfortunately, in the last year, I have developed a hammertoe and can feel that my hammertoe is causing additional problems. Do you think the hammertoe is reversible? I’m still very active (I’m in my early 40’s) and still play competitive tennis and am hoping to have less foot pain. Please let me know thoughts.

June 01, 2016
Natural Footgear

Greetings, Schuyler,

Thank you for your message. In our experience, we’ve found that Correct Toes can be extremely helpful in relieving hammertoe symptoms while simultaneously straightening and aligning toes with their corresponding metatarsal bones.

I might suggest performing a few modifications to your Correct Toes to help them fit over your hammertoe, enhance your comfort during wear, and to help correct the hammertoe itself. Check out this video for comprehensive directions on how to modify your Correct Toes (fast foward to 13:34 of the video for the hammertoe modification, specifically):

Also, the use of metatarsal pads ( can help to restore a balance between the toe flexor and extensor tendons. Pair the use of these products (Correct Toes and metatarsal pads) with the Hammertoe Stretch & Mobilization technique ( to restore foot/toe tendon balance and align your toes back to the way nature intended.

If you would like to learn more about hammertoes and strategies to help achieve optimal foot health, you can sign up for our free course on hammertoes here:

Let us know if you have any further questions. Wishing you all the best in foot health!

Kind regards,
Laura Trentman

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