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April 28, 2015

I have been wearing the correct toes for a few months now as I think I may have a neuroma. My second toe crosses over and it starting to just sit on top of my big toe – but this only happens when I point my foot. I am thinking of trying a metatarsal pad next. Does this sound like a neuroma from what I have described? Thank you

May 08, 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Joanne,

Thank you for your comment. I can’t comment on your specific health problem without the benefit of full health history interview and physical examination. I can, however, tell you that most folks with neuromas do experience the signs and symptoms mentioned in this article. Correct Toes and metatarsal pads have historically worked quite well in addressing this condition, though every individual is unique in terms of how they respond to natural foot care approaches.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

June 17, 2016

I have been wearing the toe spacers but they tend to slide off. I wear a size 7 in shoes and was told to get the medium. Any suggestions on how to keep them on?

June 17, 2016
Natural Footgear

Hi, Sherry,

Thank you for your message. The size Medium toe spacers are indeed appropriate for most women, including many women with petite feet. Some folks do find that the device will work its way out toward the ends of the toes over time. It can sit a little further out on the toes and still be effective. But if you want to keep the device more firmly rooted near the base of your toes, here’s what we recommend:

1. Use them within a conventional sock.
2. Use them with or without toe socks inside an appropriately wide toe box shoe.
3. Use two thin velcro straps to secure the device to your big and little toes (using the cavities built into the spacers).
4. Trim down the “nubs” that project toward the foot on the device’s 1st and 4th pillars.

Please see this video, starting at 7:51, for a demonstration of the technique mentioned in point #4 above:

Lastly, we also offer a free online course that covers all aspects of Correct Toes use and care. You can sign up for this course here:

We hope this information is helpful to you! Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Kind regards,
Laura Trentman

July 21, 2016
Randi Simson

I have been diagnosed with hallux rigidus and have orthotics. What hasn’t been addressed is that, when I curl my toes under, I feel like there is a thick pad under the toes. Would any of your products help with this problem?

July 21, 2016
Natural Footgear

Hi, Randi,

Thank you for your comment. There is an exercise called the Toe Extensor Stretch that might be helpful in relieving some of the symptoms you are experiencing. This stretch helps guide the forefoot fat pad back to its natural position under the ball of the foot to protect the metatarsal heads. Here is the link to the Toe Extensor Stretch video:

Here are some other resources that you might also find helpful:

Hallux Limitus & Rigidus:

Who Should Use Orthotics?:

Hallux Limitus: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches:

I hope this information helps!

Kind regards,
Laura Trentman

February 22, 2021
Ann Stanzione

I have foot problems big time. Neuroma, plantar fasciitis, corns, and toenails that curl under. I am in pain and can’t walk. My doctor says I have no padding and bony, skinny feet. My bone structure gives me problems.

February 22, 2021
Natural Footgear

Hi, Ann,

Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry to hear about the various foot problems you’re dealing with. You might consider checking out the following resources on our site to learn more about conventional vs. natural approaches to the issues you mentioned:


Plantar Fasciosis:


Ingrown Toenails:

Please do let us know if you have any additional questions after viewing the above videos.

Kind regards,
Robyn Hughes, ND

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