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December 29, 2018
Carol Greeve

I’m wondering about my bunions. I have been using Correct Toes for awhile now and they definitely help, but it’s seems as though they don’t straighten my big toe enough to align it properly. I’m just wondering if I can correct it further somehow? Thanks for any ideas you might have.

December 29, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Carol,

Thank you for your question. One thing you might consider trying is to add shims (basically, small rectangular pieces of an old shoe liner) to the cavities in the device to help “bulk up” the spacers and improve toe alignment. You can add up to three shims in each cavity. This video demonstrates how to add the shims:

You may also need a larger size of Correct Toes. It’s not uncommon to go up a size after using the spacers for a period of time.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions!

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

February 22, 2021

I am being told by my podiatrist to use Hoka shoes for arthritis and sesamoiditis in my big toe, as the Hokas are stiff and have rocker soles. I have tried walking in them and find they cause lower back stiffness, and they are not really helping with the arthritis. Why is there conflicting information about this? I’ve started using a more minimal shoe—Altra Lone Peak—and I am hoping this will help. It certainly feels wonderful to walk in, but I am concerned it won’t help with the arthritis.

February 22, 2021
Natural Footgear

Hi, Tina,

You pose an excellent question! There is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to feet, footwear, and foot health. I think you might find the following post from our Popular Q&A blog, which focuses on so-called “maximalist” footwear, to be an interesting and relevant read:

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any additional questions you might have after reading the above article.

Marty Hughes, DC

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