Popular Q&A: Conditions

Are Bunions Hereditary?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Are bunions hereditary?

A lot of people with bunions assume they are predisposed to developing this foot problem because their older relatives had 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 feature hold the big toe in a bunion configuration for prolonged periods and... Read more

Are There Any Exercises to Remove Bunions Instead of Surgery?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Are there any exercises to remove bunions instead of surgery?

The short answer is yes! But this depends on the severity of the bunion deformity and how long the problem has existed before beginning a bunion rehabilitation program. In our experience, we have found that the Big Toe Stretch is a helpful first-line exercise in achieving bunion correction. Stretching the tight muscles and tendons on... Read more


At What Age Can Kids Start Wearing Correct Toes?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

At what age can kids start wearing Correct Toes?

This is a great question, and one that the team here at Natural Footgear often receives from curious parents. Quickly, though, before we dive into that topic, it’s important to note that long-term foot health is an incredible gift that parents can give to their children—a gift that will pay large quality of life dividends over time. It’s... Read more

Can Flat Feet Be Turned Into Arches Through Foot Exercises?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Can flat feet be turned into arches through exercise?

In most cases, yes! In our experience, we’ve found that a combination of certain foot exercises and proper foot and toe positioning is a helpful and effective way to build or restore your main foot arch: the medial longitudinal arch. Many people who have flat feet benefit from exercises that return the big toe to its... Read more


Do Men Develop Bunions?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Do men develop bunions?

Bunions are often considered to be a female-specific foot problem, but the truth is, these deformities frequently occur in people of all genders and ages (apart from the very youngest in our society, at least until conventional footwear is adopted). For women who wear high-heeled footwear frequently throughout their life, the likelihood of developing a bunion is quite high. However, due... Read more

How Can I Exercise If I Have Plantar Fasciitis?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

How can I exercise if I have plantar fasciitis?

In most cases, the pain or discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis is usually sufficient to thwart participation in athletic activities. Still, athletes who experience this problem may wish to continue exercising while the condition heals, and this may be possible, depending on the severity of the plantar fascia pain and what steps are taken to address... Read more


How Can I Treat Numbness in My Second Toe?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

How can I treat numbness in my second toe?

Numbness in the feet, including the second toe, may be the result of nerve impingement or nerve damage, and it can be caused by numerous health problems, including diabetes, Buerger's disease and other circulatory problems, vitamin B12 deficiency, and interdigital neuromas, among other causes. Diabetes is a common cause of foot numbness, and nerve damage is... Read more

How Do I Fix My Flat Feet?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

How do I fix my flat feet?

Flat feet is among the most common foot ailments in adults and occurs when the tendons binding the foot together become loose. There are various causes of flat feet, including tendon injuries, neuromuscular disorders, conditions causing extremely flexible soft tissues, and tight achilles tendons (also known as equinogenic flat feet). In rare cases, flat feet may be caused... Read more


How Do You Prevent a Bunion From Getting Worse?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

How do you prevent a bunion from getting worse?

A natural approach to bunion rehabilitation can, in many cases, be very helpful in preventing the deformity from getting worse, though this always depends on the severity of the bunion and how long the problem has existed before beginning a foot and toe rehabilitation program. In our experience, we have found that the Big Toe Stretch... Read more

How to Tape Flat Feet to Prevent Pain When Barefoot?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

How to tape flat feet to prevent pain when barefoot?

For a lot of people, plantar taping is a simple and effective way to relieve bottom-of-foot pain caused by a variety of foot problems. This video features sports podiatrist Dr. Ray McClanahan, who demonstrates the plantar taping technique. It does take a little bit of time to become proficient at this method, especially if you’re... Read more