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Correct Toes & Circulation

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


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August 04, 2015
Valerie Ingram

I hope that you will consider carrying some shoes that incorporate the features you have identified that are necessary for foot health in a shoe that I can wear at work in my office. Or perhaps you have some recommendations? Thanks!

August 11, 2015
Natural Footgear

Greetings, Valerie,

Thank you for your post. We are quite in tune with what the footgear market has to offer, and we have yet to encounter a truly foot-health-positive option which matches the description you provide and are seeking. Rest assured you are not alone, and it is by voicing your requests to the manufacturers that change will occur.

We advocate for you and your happiest, healthiest feet; thank you for inviting us along on your journey!

All best,
Sarah K. Schuetz

February 22, 2021

Are these meant to be worn all day? Do you wear them with shoes or just in the evenings at home?

February 22, 2021
Natural Footgear

Thank you for your questions, Cindy! Most people find that they can, ultimately, wear Correct Toes toe spacers for most (or all) of the day, though it usually takes some time to work up to this level of wear-time. We typically recommend starting in with about 30 minutes of wear-time per day for the first few days of use, and then gradually building from there (usually in 30-minute per day increments) over the following weeks. Correct Toes has its greatest corrective effect when it’s used inside appropriately wide toe box footwear during weight-bearing activity, though you can certainly use the spacers on your bare feet (or over a pair of toe socks) while lounging at home during the evenings.

For more info about Correct Toes and how to get the most out of the device, we encourage you to sign-up for our free 12-part e-course here:

I hope this info is helpful, Cindy!

Kind regards,
Robyn Hughes, ND

April 03, 2024
Nancy D

Are you aware of any athletic cleats that a college quarterback could use to transition to natural footwear during play? My son has a terrible issue with bunions, and I feel like it is hampering his performance. I sent him a link to your website, so hopefully he will find out the steps he needs to take to improve his feet. Thank you for improving my life!!! Happiest feet ever!

April 03, 2024
Natural Footgear

Hi, Nancy. Thank you for your question. And thank you for your kind words! Much appreciated. We’re sorry to hear that your son is dealing with bunions that may be impacting his athletic performance. It’s certainly true that conventional football cleats, as well as other sport-specific footwear, can impact foot health in a negative way, given the overall tight fit, tapering toe boxes, and rigid, inflexible soles that are characteristic of this kind of shoe. It’s great that you’re seeking alternatives here, though there is still a relative dearth of options in this category for the foot-health-inclined. Companies such as Vivobarefoot may have some models that could work, and the Altra Lone Peak and Xero TerraFlex II are other possible options. There is also a company called Code Footwear that makes custom cleats that are engineered for unique sets of feet.

With the exception of the custom option mentioned above, the other shoes noted may work best during training instead of competition. It’s difficult to completely dispense with conventional sport-specific footwear for certain sports or activities, and so the next-best thing here (beyond having foot-healthy high-performance footwear that can be worn on game-day) may be to have the athlete spend as much time as possible outside of competition in foot-healthy footwear, toe spacers, toe socks, met pads, and proprioceptive insoles to help counteract the deleterious effects of conventional cleats on foot form and function. Athletes, of course, can benefit significantly from performing key exercises and using foot-building tools such as those from BlackBoard and Human Locomotion to rehabilitate the feet and improve foot resilience.

We hope this info helps your son, Nancy! If you have any follow-up questions for us, please don’t hesitate to add another comment here.

Yours in Foot Health,
Drs. Marty & Robyn Hughes

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