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Top Tips to Improve Foot Health

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Top tips to improve foot health

Attention and time given to natural foot health concepts and activities can yield profound foot health benefits, both for foot injury prevention and improved quality of life. Caring for your feet and allowing them to function the way nature intended can keep you pain-free and performing the activities you love most. In most cases, the... Read more

What Causes Foot & Toenail Fungus?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Several factors may cause or contribute to foot and toenail fungus, including conventional footwear, decreased immune function and circulation, and trauma. Fungal toenail infections, also called onychomycosis, are common in adults and typically follow fungal infections of the feet. Fungal foot and nail infections can be difficult to treat and may recur even after successful treatment. Here are some additional details about the three factors mentioned above... Read more

What Causes Foot Cramps?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

What Causes Foot Cramps?

In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, examines foot cramps and discusses the most common medical reasons for this foot health issue, including electrolyte abnormalities, poor circulation, medication side effects, and various nerve problems. Dr. Ray also notes that the most common cause of foot cramps is conventional... Read more

What Do You Think About Vibram FiveFingers?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

What do you think about Vibram FiveFingers?

Being in the business of foot-healthy shoes and natural footgear, one question we're often asked by customers and readers of our blog is the following: “What do you think about those toe shoes?” Those toe shoes, of course, being the distinctive and famous Vibram FiveFingers! We have a long personal history with FiveFingers shoes that stretches back over... Read more

What Is Natural Arch Support?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

What is natural arch support?

The idea that the foot’s main arch—the medial longitudinal (ML) arch—needs to be propped up and supported is a long-held belief in the foot care world and the footwear industry. In fact, propping up the ML arch with conventional arch orthotics is a common approach used by physicians to help treat certain foot and ankle disorders and “resolve” inherent foot... Read more

What Makes for a Great Hiking Boot?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

What makes for a great hiking boot?

Hiking—in all its many manifestations—is a hugely popular outdoor pastime, and almost everyone seems to have an opinion about what kind of footwear is best for this beloved activity. This article takes a closer look at hiking boots and discusses some of the most common misconceptions about this important type of footwear. We debunk the biggest hiking boot... Read more

Who Should Use Orthotics?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, discusses a very common question: “Who should use orthotics?” Dr. Ray explains why conventional arch orthotics are prescribed by many foot care professionals and presents an alternative view on how best to stabilize the foot and ankle using natural (i.e., non-arch orthotic) means. Dr. Ray also describes... Read more

Why Some Minimalist Shoes Are Not Foot-Healthy

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Why some minimalist shoes are not foot-healthy

Despite fluctuations in the footwear industry (such as the relatively recent embrace of “maximalist” shoes by manufacturers), the interest in more minimalist footwear continues, with many consumers wanting to try something new and novel. More and more minimalist footwear companies are popping up, and many conventional shoe manufacturers are still offering “minimalist” models for the subset of their... Read more