The long-held conventional podiatric view is that the feet are inherently misshaped, and they need to be corrected with the use of orthotics or surgeries. Where these methods fail, pain is to be managed by anti-inflammatory drugs. Dr. Ray McClanahan is a podiatric physician and avid athlete who challenges this viewpoint. He has discovered, through extensive literature research and years of clinical practice, that the best way to treat most foot problems is by allowing the foot to function exactly as nature intended.

natural and unnatural feet

Dr. Ray’s main approach with his patients is teaching about foot’s innate ability to walk and run with a perfect gait. He demonstrates how most shoes on the market damage the foot shape, thereby compromising gait. He then shows how returning the feet to their natural shape eliminates existing foot problems and prevents new ones from arising. This is done using a Correct Toes spacer, which spreads the toes to their natural and correct position. This improves proprioception, which then allows the brain to better promote balance and optimal muscle function.

Finally, Dr. Ray educates patients on choosing appropriate shoes that provide a flat surface and sufficient room for the toes to spread, thus allowing the gait to occur as nature intended. Clinical experience has shown again and again that returning the foot to its natural state treats most foot problems, and by extension, many musculoskeletal problems.

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  1. Hi Dr. Ray! I am a physical therapist in the area and I love your Correct Toes! I just started a blog and I’m very new to it, but learning all the time. I’d really like to create a page for products I love, and I’m going to try to put a link to your Correct Toes. I bought them for my mother and she loves them. I’d also like to put a link to info about Minimalist Mondays that you put on with Sanatan Golden, I’m always trying to send people down there. I just wanted to say thank you for doing what you do for our community. ~Leigh Scarber

    1. Leigh, thank you for your comment! Our Correct Toes team is always excited to hear that people are loving the product. We look forward to seeing more posts of yours on Vegetarian Barefoot Runner! — The Correct Toes team

  2. When I’m wearing CorrectToes, I find that the majority of pressure is on the smallest toes. If my foot is off the ground, my big toe relaxes inward enough to lightly grasp the big pillar of CorrectToes against the second toe. But if I have any weight on the foot, my big toe spreads away from the others and is not even touching the CorrectToes. Which is a little odd, ‘cuz when I look at that magnificent pair of feet on the home page, there’s a gigantic gap between great toes and next toes on each foot. My own great toes are still faintly turned in, so not quite straight, and nowhere near being as naturally spread as the feet in the photo. Even with weight on my feet, they don’t spread like that, and already, I’m getting no outward pressure from correct toes (that I can feel).

    I feel no pressure on the big toes to move further outward (or to straighten more than they are) even though the appearance of the foot suggests they still have a way to go. Meanwhile, I feel considerable pressure on the smallest toes, but only above the final joint, so the pressure just bends them outward at that joint, and doesn’t seem to be doing anything to spread the entire metatarsals. This is true whether I push the CorrectToes as deeply into the inter-toe space as possible, or whether the CorrectToes are allowed to find their own resting position (which is about halfway onto the toes if I don’t keep pushing them on).

    What am I doing wrong?

    Do I need to do some mashing or pain-sticking in the pad of the foot to encourage the metatarsals to stop bunching together?

    I should mention that I also have (what I call) Morton’s Neuroma on both feet (slowly receding), so I can’t feel a lot of what goes on there, and might be unable to tell the difference between therapeutic (self-)abuse and damaging (self-)abuse.

    Finally, I think that wearing FiveFingers has helped prevent my toes from being further constricted, but they still have enough structure of the footbed that they encourage the toes to remain close together. That is, the toes have freedom to wiggle independently (-ish) but don’t really have freedom to spread. I haven’t tried wearing CorrectToes with VFFs….

  3. Serendipity.

    Just after sending my previous, I happened upon the Sugru site.
    I wonder if I should use Sugru (or similar) to thicken the big pillar of my CorrectToes to put a bit of pressure on the inside of the great toes of both feet. Is that a therapeutically sound notion?

  4. My Mother recently lost a couple of her toes about 4 months ago to Gangorine. Are there any surgeries were she could have implemented toes as replacements?

  5. Are The changes made by correct toes permanent or do I have to wear them forever. What I mean is can I wear them for a certain amount of years and then after that the changes made by the correct Toes will be permanent

    1. Hi Derrick–The structural changes that occur after wearing CT for a period of time will be permanent as long as you continue to wear shoes that support the splayed shape of the foot. We typically suggest a 1-3 year period for lasting structural changes to occur; after that point you can decide whether or not you would like to continue using Correct Toes. Some people will continue wearing them all the time, others only wear them while exercising, and some discontinue use altogether.

      1. Do you think that the younger someone is the faster changes will be made to the feet by correct toes. Thank you

  6. I have two toes on each foot (the two closest to the big toe) that are partially webbed between the two knuckles. Is Correct Toes adaptable for this?

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