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Who Should Use Orthotics?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


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April 16, 2015
Mabel Olga Jorba

Thank you very much for this excellent information. I have overpronation, hallux valgus, and fallen arches. Do you recommend using the Correct Toes together with my insoles and any additional support for the arch? And what kind of shoes? I thank you in advance for your reply. Congratulations on your work. Merveilleux!!!!

April 16, 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Mabel,

Thank you for your message. Please visit our Correct Toes and Orthotics page ( for more information about this product combination. You may also appreciate this page (, which discusses natural arch support.

An additional helpful product may be a metatarsal pad, either from Pedag ( or Strutz ( A metatarsal pad can help restore proper balance between the toe flexor and extensor tendons, promote proper forefoot fat pad positioning (to protect the heads of the metatarsal bones), spread the transverse foot arch, and prevent pain in the ball of the foot. Because the products we sell work best within flat-soled shoes with wide toe boxes, any of the brands we sell may be helpful for you, as each meets those criteria.

If you have any additional questions, please do send them our way.

Kind Regards,
Andrew Potter

April 16, 2015
Rhonda McKenna

Is this Dr. Local? I have been wearing my Correct Toes with my orthotics; I think that is wrong.

April 16, 2015
Natural Footgear

Greetings, Rhonda,

Thank you for your message. Please check out this page ( to find a natural foot health practitioner in your area. Dr. Ray McClanahan, who is featured in this video, practices natural sports podiatry in Portland, OR. Please do visit our Correct Toes and Orthotics page ( for more information about this specific product combination.

Marty Hughes, DC

June 03, 2015
Graeme Parker

This wasn’t clear for me until the very end, when he said ‘people who have their big toe in the correct position and still have completely flat feet may need a traditional orthotic’. That describes me; traditional orthotics (in conjunction with otherwise zero drop & wide toe box shoes) have so far been essential for me. However, I don’t have the conditions he was describing in the main body of the video, so far as I can tell.

June 14, 2015
Natural Footgear

Hello, Graeme,

Thank you for your post and for following through to the end of the video to discover the fullness of Dr. Ray’s message. Each human body varies just enough to make each of us unique, and we hope you garnered enough information to prompt your curiosity regarding what options exist for you to continue on your path to your healthiest feet!

Kind regards,
Sarah K. Schuetz

March 11, 2018
Janet Janson

After having foot pain and stiffness for close to a year, I started wearing wide toe box shoes, going barefoot, and using Correct Toes. It has taken another year to get to a point where I can say I’m “cured.” I also did “Essentrics” with Miranda Esmonde White’s videos. She has exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles that connect to the feet, and I truly believe they are helpful. My feet feel pain-free and strong, and even my knees don’t hurt! I now walk my dog and golf without a cart. After wearing “increased stability and anti-pronation” running shoes for work and leisure activities, wearing my first pair of Lems shoes felt so liberating!!!

March 11, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Janet,

Thank you so much for your comment. We love hearing about how natural approaches to foot health have helped people so significantly. Please do keep us updated on your progress!

We’re here to assist however we can, so please don’t hesitate in reaching out should any questions ever arise.

All the best!
Andrew Potter

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