Educational Articles

Shin Splints: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


Shin splints are a common cause of lower leg pain in many people, especially athletes. In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, describes the two unique types of shin splints and how this painful lower leg problem is addressed using both conventional podiatric methods and natural, conservative treatments. Dr. Ray states... Read more

Shoe Liner Test & Pronation Explained

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Shoe Liner Test & Pronation Explained
In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of 
Correct Toes, describes the Shoe Liner Test  and explains why excessive pronation is such a common problem in our society. The Shoe Liner Test is a simple test that involves you pulling the liner out of your shoe (or a shoe that you are thinking of... Read more

Shoe Sizing Techniques: Traditional vs. Natural

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 the method that's historically been used for shoe sizing and why this technique falls short (and, in fact, often leads to a variety of foot and toe problems). He also demonstrates a better way to size shoes that respects the shape of the natural human foot... Read more

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

Six Ways to Restore Foot Health After Surgery

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Six ways to restore foot health after surgery
A lot of folks write in with questions about foot and toe surgery and what alternatives might be available for those who wish to avoid these procedures. We also get a lot of questions from people who've already had foot or toe surgery (or who are scheduled for a procedure), wondering if natural foot care methods might be... Read more

Strutz Foot Pads Instruction Guide

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Strutz foot pads instruction guide
Strutz foot pads are simple and unobtrusive, possess a sleek, low-profile design, and serve as a sort of “mobile” metatarsal pad. This important foot health tool helps you prevent or address ball of foot pain and helps improve foot structure and function. Strutz foot pads come equipped with a wide elastic band that wraps around your foot and a built-in raised... Read more

Tapering Toe Boxes

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Toe box taper—the narrowing of a shoe from the ball of your foot to the ends of your toes—is one of the most harmful features of conventional footwear. It's difficult to find a pair of shoes or boots (or even sandals) that are wider at the ends of your toes than the ball of your foot. Most shoes and boots, including athletic models, force your toes into a wedge... Read more

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Tarsal bones are the short bones located in the midfoot and rearfoot that form a bridge between the ankle and the metatarsal bones. The tarsal tunnel is a space located just below the bony prominence on the inside of the ankle, or medial malleolus, and is made up of bone on the inside and the flexor retinaculum—a band of connective tissue—on the outside. Several important structures...
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Tendinitis

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Tendinitis occurs when tendons—the fibrous connective tissue structures that connect muscles to bones—become irritated and inflamed. Inflammation is the localized response by the body to injury or damage caused by chemical, physical, or biological agents. Most tendinitis treated by foot care professionals is caused by overuse, usually from repetitive work tasks or recreational sports. Foot and lower...
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The Best Foot Pads

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

The best foot pads
The best foot pads can help reduce your foot pain, improve your foot function, and rehabilitate your foot. Not all foot pads are created equal, however; pads that immobilize your feet, holding them rigidly in place, can have detrimental effects on your feet and can unfavorably alter the structural arrangement and tone of your foot tissues, including your toes. Consider choosing foot... Read more