Educational Articles: Bunions

Big Toe Stretch

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

In this informative video, Dr. Ray McClanahan—a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes—discusses (and demonstrates!) a helpful manual technique for stretching and releasing the soft tissues associated with a bunion deformity. This technique can be used by healthcare providers for their patients, or it can be used by patients as a self-care technique at home. Here’s a quote from Dr. Ray... Read more

Bunion Reversal Strategies

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Using Correct Toes in combination with men's and women's foot-healthy footwear is one of the best strategies to help reverse or prevent bunions, but what else can you do in terms of tactics, techniques, and exercises to assist this process? This video takes a closer look at exactly this question and includes the following demonstrations: 1. How to manually straighten the big toe; 2. How to... Read more


Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Bunions are NOT a growth of bone that forms on the side of the big toe. They ARE a dislocation of the big toe's MTP joint. The first MTP joint is located at the base of the big toe, where one of the big toe's bones (the proximal phalanx) meets the foot's first long bone (the first metatarsal). This joint should be straight, or almost straight, and... Read more

Bunions & Heredity

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Bunions and heredity

In a lot of cases, people assume they are predisposed to developing bunions because their older relatives developed bunions. But it's impossible to state that bunions are hereditary if all the members of one's family have worn shoes with tapering toe boxes. Shoes with this injurious design element hold the big toe in a bunion configuration for prolonged periods and are the... Read more

Bunions: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, discusses how bunions are treated using conventional and natural approaches. This video takes a closer look at the effects of footwear on foot and toe anatomy and function and the role of conventional footwear (especially the design element called toe box taper) on bunion formation. Dr. Ray... Read more

How to Prevent Bunions & Hammertoes

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

How to prevent bunions and hammertoes

During the warm weather months, when people are wearing open-toe footwear, take a look around and notice the state and condition of the toes that you see. You'll most likely see a wide variety of toe deformities, ranging from mild and barely perceptible to severe and even shocking. Most people who have worn conventional footwear for decades are bound... Read more

Toes & Foot Health

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Healthy toes are straight, evenly spaced, and free of the many problems that plague so many people in shod, or shoe-wearing, populations. Most conventional footwear, including running shoes, possesses tapering toe boxes that force the toes into a wedge-like position. This design characteristic, along with heel elevation and toe spring, causes many foot problems and toe deformities over time. Unshod populations, or groups of people who go... Read more