Popular Q&A: Foot Rehabilitation

How Long Before I Feel the Benefits of Correct Toes Toe Spacers?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

How long before I feel the benefits of Correct Toes toe spacers?

We find that most people, most of the time, experience some immediate relief, with continued positive musculoskeletal health benefits occurring over months and years. Of course, results may be different for different people, and the direct and indirect health benefits of Correct Toes depends on many factors, including your age, your tissue mobility,... 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

Is Barefoot Walking Good for Me?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Is barefoot walking good for me?

Barefoot walking is part of our natural foot health heritage. Our ancestors walked barefoot across a variety of terrain and in a variety of climatic conditions. Many people around the world still walk barefoot, or in minimalist footwear, without experiencing the kind of foot and toe issues—such as bunions, crooked toes, and neuromas—that plague many shoe-wearing individuals. So, is... Read more

Is It Helpful to Stretch the Bottom of the Foot for Plantar Fasciitis?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Is it helpful to stretch the bottom of the foot for plantar fasciitis?

Countless individuals suffer from heel pain stemming from plantar fasciosis (or, as the condition is commonly mislabeled, plantar fasciitis). The agitating pain associated with this foot problem leaves many folks desperate for relief. Unfortunately, not all of the information about how to relieve plantar fascia pain is accurate or helpful. A lot... Read more

Is It Too Late to Start Working on My Feet?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Is it too late to start working on my feet?

Through our work at Natural Footgear, we frequently come into contact with older individuals who are wondering about this very question. In most cases, these folks have worn conventional footwear for many decades and are now dealing with deep-seated foot issues, including toe stiffness and misalignment, among other problems, that are challenging to resolve. Many... Read more

What Are Your Thoughts on Pregnancy & Foot Care?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

What are your thoughts on pregnancy & foot care?

Of the many significant health considerations that receive attention during (and after) pregnancy, foot care is something that is often overlooked or downplayed in terms of its importance. But it is important because it has a massive impact on your comfort, your quality of life, and your ability to get around. Most of the foot-related changes... Read more

What Exercises Can You Do for Foot Pain?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

What exercises can you do for foot pain?

Foot pain can be caused by numerous factors, so there is no one exercise regimen that will address all possible causes of foot pain. However, in our experience, we’ve found that the following exercises can help rehabilitate the foot by improving its function, which in turn may reduce pain or discomfort, especially when these exercises are performed... Read more

What Is the Best Treatment for Flat Feet?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

What is the best treatment for flat feet?

Flat feet is one of the most common foot problems affecting adults. It occurs when the tendons that bind the foot together become loose. As a person grows, these tendons should tighten to help form the foot’s medial longitudinal arch. This tendon tightening occurs in most people by the age of three. Flat feet is often painless... Read more

What Preventative Exercises Can Strengthen Intrinsic Foot Muscles?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

What preventative exercises can strengthen intrinsic foot muscles?

The intrinsic foot muscles (aka plantar arch muscles) are a group of muscles that originate at the heel bone and attach to the toes. Operating in conjunction with the toe bones to provide a basis of strength, flexibility, and balance, these muscles are integral for optimal foot health. So what exercises can you do to strengthen them?... Read more

What Questions Should I Be Asking a Prospective Foot Care Provider?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

What questions should I be asking a prospective foot care provider?

A knowledgeable and competent foot care professional is an important ally to have in achieving optimal foot health, and establishing a relationship with such a person can be very helpful in meeting your immediate and long-term foot health goals. Of course, not all foot care providers practice in the same manner, and it’s important... Read more