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Are Clogs a Foot-Healthy Choice?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Myths abound in the footwear industry, and many types of shoes that are purported to be “good for your feet” can actually lead to foot pain and problems. In this article, we take a closer look at clogs, a style of shoe that many believe promotes foot health but is, unfortunately, a common contributer to a variety of foot ills. Read on to learn all about clogs and... 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 shoes 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 shoes is extremely helpful in preventing the foot and knee pain that plagues so many trekkers, especially on long descents, and it saved... Read more

Capsulitis

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Capsulitis
Ligaments surround joints, including the toe joints, and help form joint capsules. Joint capsules help protect the joints and allow them to function properly. Capsulitis—inflammation of a joint capsule—is a common problem in certain parts of the body, especially the shoulders and feet, and it may cause significant discomfort. This health problem can, over time, lead to toe dislocation if it’s not treated properly. In... Read more

Correct Toes Q&A

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


We receive a lot of questions about Correct Toes, and this page is dedicated to answering some of the most common ones. If you have a question about Correct Toes that doesn't appear anywhere else on our site, please send it to info@naturalfootgear.com and we'll post your question and our response here. Our goal is to make sure you understand how best to use this unique... Read more

Crooked Toes, Curved Toes & Bent Toes

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Crooked Toes, curved toes and bent toes
Crooked toes are a common health problem, and there are several different types of crooked toes possible. The specific type of crooked toe a person may develop depends on the degree and direction of deviation in the affected toe’s joints. In some cases, the abnormal toe alignment is not permanent, and the toe may be realigned using conservative care... Read more

Cycling Shoe Surgery

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Dr. Marty and I are avid road cyclists, and we’ve been searching for a healthy cycling shoe for some time now. Cycling shoes are notoriously constricting (and uncomfortable) footwear, holding the big toe in a bunion configuration for prolonged periods during rides. To our knowledge, and based on our experience, there is absolutely no reason why cycling shoes need a tapering toe box...
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How to Transition to Minimalist Shoes

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

How to transition to minimalist shoes
Many people are aware that a transition period is required when switching from conventional shoes to minimalist shoes. In fact, this is one of the most common topics we hear about from patients and customers. Most people want to know the proper protocol for transitioning to 
foot-healthy footwear—shoes, boots, or sandals that are widest at the ends of the toes, have... Read more

Metatarsal Pad Placement

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Metatarsal pad placement
Pedag T-form metatarsal pads are among the most helpful (and least obtrusive) foot pads you can use to rehabilitate your feet. These pads are helpful in restoring optimal foot health because they spread your transverse arch (which creates more room for sensitive and easily compressible ball of foot structures, such as nerves and blood vessels), they promote a balance between your toe flexor... Read more

Sesamoiditis

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Irritation, imbalance, or fracture of two small bones—sesamoids—near the big toe is a forefoot problem that may cause pain in some individuals. These two sesamoid bones, located on the underside of the foot, directly below the first metatarsal bone—the long, thin bone that’s positioned between the ankle bones and the big toe—are approximately the size of corn kernels and act like pulleys...
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Six Reasons to Realign the Big Toe

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Six reasons to realign the big toe
In the world of healthcare, there are no panaceas, or cure-alls. But a few simple strategies can have profound and lasting effects on your health. When it comes to building and maintaining foot and toe health, one simple action stands out above most others: realigning the big toe to the position that nature intended. Restoring the big toe so that... Read more