Correct Toes toe spacers are made of medical-grade silicone, which makes them flexible, durable, and comfortable. These toe spacers were invented by renowned sports podiatrist Dr. Ray McClanahan to help place your toes in the correct anatomical position relative to the ground and to one-another. Correct Toes helps you mimic the natural barefoot position that’s commonly seen in people who have gone barefoot most of their lives.
Correct Toes slots in between your toes to realign your toes with their corresponding metatarsal bones, or the long bones just behind your toes. This toe position is what nature intended for us and can be seen in a newborn’s foot. Our feet are supposed to be widest at the ends of the toes, not at the ball of the foot like most of us who’ve worn conventional footwear with tapering or pointy toe boxes for most of our lives. Correct Toes helps restore the normal position of your toes, which has an incredible number of health benefits, including increased balance, improved blood flow to foot tissues, and the prevention and correction of a whole host of foot problems.
Natural Foot Form & Function
The feet of unshod individuals are widest at the ends of the toes, and that same foot shape is seen in both children and adults in unshod populations. The incidence of foot problems in barefoot or minimally-shod populations is somewhere around 3%, whereas the incidence of foot problems in our society is somewhere between 70 and 80% (and the problems the unshod experience are mostly of a traumatic nature, such as dropping something on an uncovered foot).
So with the proper care and attention, it’s possible to preserve this healthy foot shape through childhood into adulthood and even into old age. Most people are born with perfect feet, and using Correct Toes can help you restore your natural foot form and function that’s been lost after years of conventional shoe wearing. Correct Toes acts to restore normal toe position over time; it’s important to understand that most toe deformities are caused by conventional footwear and occur over a long period, and that restoring normal toe alignment takes time too. A lot of people who wear Correct Toes experience health benefits (including pain relief) within the first few days of wearing the device, but lasting changes in foot and toe anatomy may take months or years to appear. I can say from personal experience that it’s a journey well worth taking.
The Shoe Liner Test
You can use the Shoe Liner Test to determine whether you can wear your Correct Toes inside a pair of shoes by pulling the liner out of your shoes and standing on it. If any part of your toes hang over the edge of your liner, then your shoe’s toe box is too small to accommodate Correct Toes and natural toe splay (unless, of course, the shoe's upper is extremely expansile). Trying to force your toes into a pair of narrow toe box shoes while wearing Correct Toes is counterproductive and may cause discomfort and other foot problems.
How to Use The Device
You can wear your Correct Toes on your bare feet, over a pair of Injinji toe socks, or within a pair of shoes that is widest at the ends of your toes. You can also wear your Correct Toes toe spacers inside a conventional sock, which can help keep them in place. Unlike other toe spacers, Correct Toes is actually designed to be worn in wide toe box shoes during weight-bearing activity such as running, walking, hiking, and standing. In fact, the more time you spend in Correct Toes in a weight-bearing situation, the greater corrective effect the toe spacers will have on your toe position. Please see this page for more Correct Toes benefits.
The absolute best combination of products for synergistic foot health benefits is Correct Toes, Injinji toe socks, Pedag metatarsal pads or Strutz Pro, and any one of the men's and women's footwear options we offer on the Natural Footgear site. All the shoes we carry on our site are completely flat from heel to toe, possess a flexible sole, and have a toe box sufficiently wide to accommodate Correct Toes and natural toe splay—the features that we’ve found, in our experience, to best support foot health. We base our product selection on the experiences we've had with our patients, customers, and our own selves, along with the clinical experience of other healthcare providers who specialize in natural foot care. We really do take a lot of pride in offering our customers only the footgear that offers the possibility of profound and lasting foot health benefits.
Correct Toes currently comes in three sizes: Small, Medium, and Large. In our experience, most women and many men find the Medium size most beneficial, though this isn’t universally true. Some people may need to start out in the Medium but later graduate to the Large as foot adaptations occur. In most cases, we find that the Large Correct Toes work best for people who wear a men's US size 10 shoe or higher and that the Small Correct Toes work best for children or individuals with very petite feet (i.e., women's US size 7 and under).
Of course, if you’re on the fence about what size might be best for you, you can always order both sizes and then return the one that does not fit as well for a refund. If you have any questions about sizing, please do feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When used appropriately, Correct Toes offers many people a method of permanently fixing numerous foot and toe problems, without having to resort to custom orthotics (which can be hundreds of dollars) or surgery (which can be thousands of dollars). Correct Toes is an incredible product that can help get you back on the path to lasting foot health. We’re very happy to say that Correct Toes is a Natural Footgear Certified product, which means that it lives up to our strict criteria for what constitutes a healthy and beneficial natural foot product. To buy Correct Toes and other natural foot health products, please click here.
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Dr. Marty Hughes is a chiropractic physician, or DC. He received his doctoral degree from Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC), now known as the University of Western States (UWS). Dr. Marty has always been interested in foot health, due to the connection between the feet and the spine. He has worked as a freelance writer for LiveStrong.com, for whom he contributed over 2,200 health-and-fitness articles. He is a co-founder of Natural Footgear and an ardent supporter of natural foot care approaches. Dr. Marty enjoys road cycling, hiking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing as well as exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina.