Educational Articles: Athletics

Are You Ready to Train?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Are you ready to train?

Here’s a common scenario some of you may find yourself in: It’s been a few months since you last pulled on your athletic shoes, and you’ve been wearing conventional shoes at work that meet the office dress code but are kind of constricting. There is a big annual walking or running event coming up in the not-too-distant future that you... Read more

Benefits of Wide Toe Boxes for Hiking

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Benefits of wide toe boxes for hiking

Dr. Robyn and I were reminded on a recent hike of the importance of wide toe box footwear and natural toe splay for foot comfort and injury prevention. The combination of Correct Toes toe spacers and men's and women's wide toe box footwear is extremely helpful in preventing the foot and knee problems that plague so many trekkers,... Read more

Causes of Outer Foot Pain in Runners

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Outer foot pain is a symptom that may occur in runners, especially runners who record high weekly mileage or who use conventional athletic footwear. Numerous factors may contribute to outer foot pain in runners, including running shoes that contain injurious design features, excessive training (i.e., overtraining), an insufficient warm-up, and poor nutrition. Outer foot pain, while potentially debilitating for runners, typically responds to natural, noninvasive, and conservative... Read more

Correct Toes & Strengthening Exercises

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Correct Toes is a potent foot health tool that can be used when performing certain key strengthening exercises to help enhance balance and foot stability. Having a strong, stable base of support can allow you to perform these exercises with proper alignment in the ankle, knee, and hip joints and generate more power throughout your whole body. The strengthening exercises demonstrated in this video include: 1.... Read more

Cycling Shoe Surgery

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Despite changes in materials and construction techniques, not much about the shape of cycling shoes has changed over the years. Cycling shoes, like rock-climbing shoes and soccer cleats, are notoriously constricting (and uncomfortable) footwear, as they hold the big and little toes in bunion and bunionette configuration, respectively, for prolonged periods during rides. They also contribute to hot spots, ingrown toenails, plantar fascia pain, hammertoes, and other... Read more

Feet & Footwear Myths

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

If you look at the foot of a young child, you will notice that his or her toes are spaced well apart. The foot of a young child is naturally designed for optimal balance and gait, and if the foot maintains this shape, optimal stride is preserved through old age: a finding observed in barefoot populations the world over. In industrialized societies, however, people spend a lifetime... Read more

Five Tools to Combat Foot Pain When Cycling

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Five tools to combat foot pain when cycling

Foot pain while cycling (as well as foot pain after cycling) is a common experience for riders of all stripes. Almost all road cyclists, mountain bikers, and even bicycle commuters experience at least some degree of foot pain at some point during their riding careers. The pain may be so severe that it prevents participation in cherished... Read more

How Minimalist Shoes Can Help Prevent Ankle Sprains

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

How minimalist shoes can help prevent ankle sprains

Dr. Robyn and I are often stopped on hiking and running trails by fellow outdoor enthusiasts who notice our unique footwear choices. With puzzled looks on their faces, they ask us how we avoid spraining our ankles in such minimalist footwear on such uneven terrain. The truth is, minimalist shoe wearers are at a distinct advantage when... Read more

Natural Arch Support

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Propping up the foot arch is a common approach used by physicians to help treat certain foot and ankle disorders. Arch support is also a design feature commonly touted by shoe manufacturers as beneficial. But we thought it would be helpful to discuss what arch support really means and whether it’s truly necessary—or even desired—in the foot. To understand our arch support philosophy, it’s important to understand... Read more

The Shoe Cushioning Myth

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

For decades, we, as footwear consumers and users, have been told that we need plenty of padding in our shoes and under our feet to help boost comfort and buffer the forces on our bodies that occur during standing, walking, running, and jumping. Like many things in the health arena, this information has become common knowledge and accepted as fact. Shoe industry bigwigs along with countless healthcare... Read more