Correct Toes™ Toe Spacers

Your feet are your foundation.  What does your foundation look like?  Is it collapsing inward like a sinkhole (pronation)?  Are your toes curled up like a buckling sidewalk (hammer toes)?  Does it look like you are standing on a mudslide (foot smear)?  Would you build your dream home on a foundation like these?  Of course you wouldn’t.  If you did, your home would experience unnecessary stress not only to the foundation, but to the walls, the roof and everything in between.  It’s similar with the human body, if your foundation (feet) are compromised, your knees, hips, and pelvic floor will suffer.  When your toes are spread, you have a wider  foundation to support the whole body.

Your feet are kind of like a bridge in the way that a bridge isn’t supported in the center of the arch (think arch support insole).  Like with the bridge, the ends help support the arch.  Your feet are beautifully designed, and if you give them a chance to do what they were designed to do, there is no need for expensive orthotics or arch supports.

Did you know that 25 percent of the muscles and bones are from the ankle down? Unfortunately,  we don’t utilize this amazing design because our feet are usually stuffed in stiff narrow shoes!  The feet are dynamic and should be able to mold around stones and terrain without causing stress on the knees and hips, but since our feet are confined in shoes, they’re not able to absorb what is beneath them.  Instead, the whole foot moves as one unit and the ankles, knees and hips suffer.

Several years ago I had a Morton’s Neuroma.  Holy Cow, it was painful!  I experienced a shooting pain from the ball of my foot that traveled out my third and fourth toes.  Morton’s neuroma may occur in response to irritation, injury or pressure.  My doctor prescribed orthotics at $200 a pair and said that I would need to get new orthotics every two years.  He also said that orthotics wouldn’t fix the problem; it was like using crutches that I would have to rely on…forever.  That would amount to around $5000 over the next 47 years. (I know exactly when I’m going to die because an app on the internet told me).  Surgery and injections were another option.  No thanks.

And then I found Correct Toes toe spacers (price $65), which in addition to changing my footwear fixed the issue immediately.  It has also helped with my balance and “rooting” in my Chi Kung practice.  I tried other  toe spacers that were made out of plastic, but I couldn’t wear them in shoes, and it was impossible to walk in them.  You get the most benefit out of toe spacers if you wear them while walking.

Correct Toes, if used properly, will help correct or prevent:

  • Bunions
  • Corns
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciosis
  • Neuromas
  • Lower leg pain
  • Runners knee
  • Capsulitis
  • Tailors bunions

My Correct Toes™ review:

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This is what Northwest Foot and Ankle Clinic has to say about Correct Toes:

  • Correct Toes go beyond spacing your toes.  Correct Toes is a podiatrist-designed product that places your toes in the correct position in relation to the ground and to one another.
  • Dr Ray McClanahan, a podiatric physician, or foot doctor, designed Correct Toes.  Dr McClanahan is an expert in foot anatomy and human physiology.  Correct Toes are clinically tested on hundreds of patients, with outstanding results.
  • Correct Toes are different from other toe spacers on the market because they are designed to be worn in shoes during weight bearing activity. You must get shoes with a wide toe box. You can also wear them barefoot or under your socks.
  • Correct Toes are constructed with medical grade silicone, which makes them flexible and durable.
  • Correct Toes promote balance.  This is incredibly useful in yoga and is helpful in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Correct Toes are made in the USA!
  • When used according to package instructions, Correct Toes offers customers a method of permanently fixing foot and ankle ailments, without having to resort to custom orthotics ($$-hundreds) or surgery ($$$-thousands). Correct Toes are tremendously reasonably priced alternative.

I recommend the  Correct Toes with the Fix Your Feet DVD (click on the blue links to buy).  The Fix Your Feet DVD is a Restorative Exercise DVD  by Katy Bowman, biomechanist. The dvd has gentle prescription exercises for planar fasciitis, bunions, hammer toes, neuromas, neuropathy, runner’s feet repair, and shin splints.

Correct Toes™

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Don’t forget to wear shoes that are:

  • flexible (lets your feet go through their full range of motion)
  • flat (no positive heel)
  • have a wide toe box (you should be able to spread your toes)
  • and shoes without a toe spring (when the toe box is elevated)

Update 12-21-13 : There is a new smaller size available.  Recommended for children size 1 and up and women’s shoe size 5-7.

This video compares the small to the sm/med


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30 Responses to “Correct Toes™ Toe Spacers”

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  1. Lisa says:

    I have been trying to decide if these are going to help my foot, I have Katy’s book and it really did help with the plantar fascia pain.Still trying to get my toes working correctly on one foot, my big toe and 4th toe “take over” and the others just kind of sit there. They also have a very slight curve, as in, perhaps I always wore a half size too small! Would these correct toes help that issue?

    • Hi Lisa, This is one of the things they are designed to correct. It will take time though, it probably took years for your condition to form. Also wearing shoes with a wide toe box is very important. CT were designed to wear while walking, you get the most benefit while weight bearing. It’s not going to work if you wear them once in a while and then stuff your feet in tight shoes all day.

  2. Bruce says:

    Hi,

    Are these available internationally (South Africa)?

  3. Marcia H. says:

    I have been having a hell of a time finding shoes with a wide enough toe bed for my left foot (bunion and a neuroma). I end up having to get shoes that are 2 sizes bigger than I need. I have even found men’s shoes in 4E to be restrictive feeling. And I always have to remove the insoles that come with them because they take up more precious space. I have recently ordered and return– I kid you not– 9 pairs of shoes from several different manufacturers (New Balance, Aetrex, Uggs) and finally settled on a pair from Aetrex that are barely wide enough at 4E as long as I remove one of the two insoles and use my own Superfeet insole. it’s been a real nightmare.

    My question is, since the shoes I’ve settled on (the ugliest dorkiest looking shoes ever designed) pair of shoes with not much room to spare, will adding the Correct Toes spaces going to leave my feet really squished?

    I assume they are not returnable if they don’t fit for me. Is that correct? Thanks.

    • It’s frustrating isn’t it. So many shoes have a narrow toe box. My guess is that since your new shoes are “barely wide enough” now that with the Correct Toes (CT) your feet would feel squished. A good way to tell if your shoes are wide enough, is to take out the insole, place your barefoot on it and then really spread your toes (you might need to use your fingers to spread the toes to their ideal position). If your toes fall over the edge of the insole, your shoes aren’t wide enough. I do offer a 30 day return policy if the CTs don’t work out, but I would advise to either keep searching for a wider shoe, or wear the CTs around the house barefoot or with socks. Here is a shoe list from Dr Ray McClanahan’s website,https://nwfootankle.com/resources/111-Shoe%20List. Have you tried SoftStar shoes, or Campers? Have you tried to use a shoe stretcher to widen or break in shoes?

    • jayne says:

      Finding the correct shoes is sooo hard! I’ve bought and returned about 30! Best ones so far for me are vivobarefoot Kali. They are the ones I’ve kept. Roomiest zero drop I could find so far. Even the various Earth shoes I tried were uncomfortable and stiff feeling and I felt wobbly in them. Very disappointed as I’d like something with a thicker sole for hiking (I know you can hike with barefoot shoes but not as a beginner!) but zero drop. Impossible to find!

  4. michael rose says:

    i have hammer toes and am getting ulcers on the tips of a few of them. i use toe spacers, but the ones i use are too thin. i believe that if i bonded two together, they would be adequate. can you please recommend an adhesive product to do the job properly?

    • I’m sorry, I don’t know of adhesives to use with toe spacers. If you have the Correct Toes there is a little slit the first and last spacer and you can put a piece of cloth in them to make them bigger.

  5. Jayne says:

    thanks so much for the review. i’d been looking at those and trying to decide if I should get them. Funny and well written post!

  6. nancy says:

    can i wear the toe spacer all the day in the house without waering any shoes or slipper?

  7. Susan Argutto says:

    My right 3rd toe has begun to cross over my 4th toe. It is uncomfortable. I am considering TS but, I have wide feet and have worn orthotics for years inside wide and double wide NB sneakers with balance bar. One year ago, I had double knee replacement and the orthopedist lengthened my right leg a bit to make it even with my left leg. I find that my balance has improved and wonder if that has helped. I know that I fall much less now than I did pre-surgery. I do not know if Crocs will fit my feet and I am concerned about the cost of other shoes that would fit using the TS on my feet. Can you recommend a shoe brand? What size would I take in Crocs if I am an 8 1/2? They come in full sizes only. Will the TS actually correct the cross over problem? My right big toe has been curved to the right since I was born so it contributes to the problem.

  8. Monica Sloat says:

    Barbara,
    I purchased correct toes small and medium and they just don’t seem to fit right like yours do. I recently developed a bunion and trying to fix. I was told correct toes will have small size soon? They seem to bunch together and not look right. Anything I can do?

  9. Monica Sloat says:

    How does correct toes manipulate the bone to realign itself, especially if you have a bunion?

    • Bunions are usually caused from wearing shoes with a narrow toe box and incorrect gait pattern. After years of wearing restrictive shoes and inappropriate loads placed on the feet, the feet become shaped like the shoe. A narrow tapered shoe pushes the great toe toward the second toe. Correct Toes™ return your toes to their natural position relative to each other and to the ground. When you walk while wearing the Correct Toes™ you receive the greatest benefit by increasing circulation and proprioception which improves muscle function, balance and improves gate patterns. Overtime, walking with your toes in the correct position allows your body to return to its natural state. Make sure you wear shoes that are wide enough to wear the Correct Toes in them comfortably. Ditch the positive heeled shoes and tapered shoes. Also follow the directions that come with the Correct Toes™ and work into them slowly. You may also want to have a session with a Restorative Exercise Specialist™ (RES) in your area to have them help you with your gate. Weak lateral hips and where you carry your center of mass will definitely have an affect on your feet. You can find program graduate here. If you can’t find a RES in your area, I’d be happy to do a SKYPE session with you.

  10. Sandy Voigt says:

    I have had bunions since my 20s. I am now 58. My big toes cross over the top of my next toe. I have also been going to a pain clinic for lower back pain, SI joint pain, knee pain, orthopedics do not seem to think my feet are the issue, but cannot give me a definitive diagnosis. When I wear silicone spacers for an 8 hour day my calves, knees, hips and lower back are so painful I cannot sleep without pain medication. Am I doing any good by wearing the spacers at my age or am I just aggravating the problem? The toes do continue to get worse.

    Thanks for any information — Sandy

  11. Tara says:

    I am wondering about wearing flat shoes. I have plantar fasciitis and I have always been told it is important to wear a bit of a heel. I have also been told to never walk barefoot and to always have something on my feet to support my arch. What are your thoughts on this? I am on my feet all day! Thanks.

    • Hi Tara, I recommend reading Katy Bowman’s Every Women’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief book. There is no easy answer, it always depends on where you are at. As always, gradual transitions are best and increasing the mobility of your intrinsic foot muscles and lengthening calf muscles is the first step. In addition, if you have fallen arches, it could be related to weak lateral rotators of the hips or how you’re carrying your pelvis. As you can see, not easy questions to answer.

  12. Paul says:

    Hi Barbara
    I appreciated your review of the toe spacers.
    I am a physiotherapist but this is about my toes!
    I have valgus 2nd and 3rd DIP’s on my left foot. Approx 45 dgerees on the 3rd toe.
    I’m very active and have zero pain from the toes but at 43 yrs old think it cold be worth correcting the valgus at least when I’m running.
    Simple question … Do you think the product could correct this distal alignment rather than the MTP only?

    Many thanks
    Paul

    • Hi Paul, That’s an interesting question. My guess is that it would help in an indirect way. When the toes are in the optimal natural position relative to each other and to the ground AND the foot is aligned (not turned out, for example), then the distal toes would receive an evenly distributed load as your center of mass passes over the foot. When toes are aligned the lever system of the entire foot (toes included) is working together. If the toes are too close together, we loose our foundation and the lever is skewed.

  13. John says:

    Dear Barbara,

    The product looks very interesting, but I am nonetheless a little confused. Apologies if the question sounds kooky.

    If natural feet should splay out so that they are much wider at the toes than at the heel, where on earth would you buy shoes? I have never seen a shoe with those dimensions, and certainly none without a heel. Who sells business shoes without heels?!

    Would I need to get my shoes specially made after fixing my feet? Or am I missing something here?

    • Shoe manufacturers are catching on and now making wide toe box shoes and shoes with zero drop. The shoes are usually classified as minimalist shoes, although not all of them. Of course you want to gradually transition into a flat or minimalist shoe if you’ve been wearing heeled shoes most of your life. I like the Lems Primal 2. Keen, Merrell, Crocs, Patagonia also have styles with a wide toe box. Check out this list, these tend to work with the Correct Toes™. https://nwfootankle.com/resources/111-Shoe%20List

  14. Marie says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I am wondering if these Correct Toes can help me. My baby toes sit sideways and when I walk they are always under the 4th toe partially (even without shoes). Part of the baby toe is squeezed to a callused thin point on the edge, and part of it always feels tender/bruised inside.

    I noticed the Correct Toes spacer does not have a hole for the baby toe so I don’t know if it will help my baby toe to to sit in an aligned position. I don’t know if Correct Toes will help because my other toes are fine. What do you think?

  15. Paul Vanek says:

    Barbara,
    TY so much for the informative video!
    Very beneficial, and I enjoyed it.
    I have hammertoes on just my(l) and (r) 4 toes of each foot.
    I am going to purchase this product and see. I also will incorporate my Vibram five fingers w/ the CT device.
    Thanks again Barbara, “happy feet”.

  16. Kathryn Whittle says:

    How can I buy these over in the UK?
    Many thanks
    Kathryn

  17. JT says:

    I was diagnosed with Morton’s neuroma, which is painful AND results in weird toe movement, i.e. as I raise the toe on my left foot, it eventually “notches” over as if the bone is moving around a marble. Correct toes feel great, but are uncomfortable at the end of the day and as soon as I am not wearing them, the MN pain returns, i.e. if I switch to hiking boots for a day hike. I have been wearing them for 4 months and even bought Lem & Altra shoes…should I keep wearing them for a bit? will the MN go away? Next option is surgery, which I want to avoid. Not asking for medical advice, but more for your perspective on timeframe to reach maximum benefit (in your opinion).

    • Hi JT, It depends on many factors. I would advise talking to a podiatrist who is bent toward natural movement. If you are in the Portland, OR area, I would see Dr Ray McClanahan, the podiatrist who created the Correct Toes. For me the Morton’s neuroma resolved as soon as I started to wear the Correct Toes and changed my footwear. You may want to check out Katy Bowman’s “Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief” book (the exercises in the book apply to men as well). Her Fix Your Feet dvd is another great source.

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