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Problematic Shoe Design Features

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

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August 26, 2016
Harriet

Hi,

Your website fascinates me, as I am suffering from a left foot bunion. I have a 7.5 AA shoe size with a mixed last. I have had trouble finding shoes my whole life. Are you aware of any professional in New York City who sells your products? Or a podiatrist who believes in your philosophy?

August 26, 2016
Natural Footgear

Hi, Harriet,

Thank you for your comment. My best recommendation is to check out this page to see if there is a healthcare provider in your area that can assist you:

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

Also, you might appreciate these resources on our website:

Bunions eCourse:
www.naturalfootgear.com/pages/do-you-have-foot-pain

Bunions & Heredity:
www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17856668-bunions-heredity

Bunions: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches:
www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17856712-bunions-conventional-vs-natural-approaches

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

January 25, 2018
Sherry

I have had extensive work done on my toes. My toes are rigid now, except for my big toe where I had a joint replacement. My feet are sore a lot of the time. What shoes would you recommend for my foot issues? Thank you.

January 25, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Sherry,

Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry to hear that you’re experiencing foot soreness and discomfort. We can’t make any specific recommendations for you, as we don’t have the benefit of a health history interview and a physical examination, but you might consider scheduling a phone or Skype consultation with the team at Northwest Foot & Ankle (this is the sports podiatry clinic of Dr. Ray McClanahan, the inventor of Correct Toes):

www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30175925/871660705?bookingContactId=2881722692

If there is anything else we can do to assist, please do let us know!

All best,
Andrew Potter

October 19, 2018
Pauline

Interesting article on problematic shoe design features! I’m somewhat confused, though, in that the article states that toe spring is a design flaw yet there is a picture of a Lems shoe that appears to be showing toe spring? I don’t think I’m understanding this concept of toe spring fully. Can you elaborate? Thanks!

October 19, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Pauline,

Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked the article!

There are basically two types of toe spring that may be incorporated into footwear: Rigid or flexible. Rigid toe spring is a problem because it essentially immobilizes the toes in an extended position for prolonged periods and destabilizes the main foot arch. Flexible toe spring, on the other hand, is easily compressed out during weight-bearing activities and does not cause the same kind of foot and toe problems associated with rigid toe spring. I hope this all makes sense!

Feel free to reach back out to us if you have any additional questions.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

December 29, 2018
Susan Morrison

I have several foot issues: plantar fasciitis, bunions, and hammertoes. The bunions (right foot, especially) are the most problematic. I just had a bunionectomy performed on my right foot. I also work as a carpenter. Can you tell me whether you think the boots you offer would be suitable for my work? I’m used to wearing Redwing Irish Setters without steel toe. Thanks!

December 29, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Susan,

Thank you for your message. Here’s wishing you speedy healing after your bunionectomy!

In our experience, we’ve found that our boot offerings work great in a variety of occupational settings. Some carpenters do indeed use the boots, though, of course, it depends upon the nature of the job site. The boots wouldn’t be appropriate in a setting where steel toes are required, but if that’s not a consideration for you, then I think you’ll find any of them to be a good fit.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out again if you have any additional questions!

All best,
Marty Hughes, DC

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