Friday, March 11, 2011

Update Review-Correct Toes Spacers for Runners and Others with Foot Problems


Nicole who is running the Boston Marathon in April has had problems with bunions and toe pain for a number of years. She lands her stride far forward on her forefoot.  The folks at Altra Running were kind enough to give me a pair of the Correct Toes spacers which when worn at night and in decently wide every day shoes help return the toes to a more natural alignment and spread, a spread similar to a bare foot which has not been constrained and compressed by shoes, running or otherwise.




Nicole previously provided me an initial review of Correct Toes which is here 
Below her very positive update:

It's been over a month since I began using Correct Toes. I was
hoping to get minor relief for my foot problems, but what I've seen are
much bigger differences than I expected.  As soon as I get home in the
evening, I put them on and don't take them off again until I leave for
work in the morning.  I've gotten so used to them, I forget I have them
on.  The biggest change I've seen is in the flexibility and strength of
my toes.  It used to take quite a bit of effort to do my toe exercises.
Now, I can easily bend my toes, even my badly damaged second toe.  The
swelling in this toe has subsided tremendously and the toe next to it is
no longer atrophied.  I've also had significant improvement in my bunion
pain.  I attribute this to landing and pushing off my foot correctly,
something I was not able to do before I started using Correct Toes.  One
thing I have NOT experienced is a plantar fasciitis flare up in my right
foot.  It's very common for it to flare up this time of year because I'm
running a lot of miles on the track.  I haven't had any symptoms of its
return during this training cycle.

Before I began using Correct Toes, I thought foot surgery was an
inevitability.  While it will always be a possibility in my future, I
don't see it being a necessity anytime soon.  My training is going far
better than I anticipated and it's a great feeling to be able to do my
intervals and tempos without my foot pain holding me back. 


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

So did you the bump go away and did the toes straighten?

Plantar Fasciitis Survival Guide said...

"One thing I have NOT experienced is a plantar fasciitis flare up in my right
foot. It's very common for it to flare up this time of year because I'm
running a lot of miles on the track. I haven't had any symptoms of its
return during this training cycle."

Great to hear!!! Nice write up too. I am loving all the articles and videos that Dr. Ray has put out there. Great to read your review, thank you!

William Prowse
Author of Plantar Fasciitis Survival Guide
pfsurvivalguide@gmail.com
Plantar Fasciitis Surival Guide

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monty said...

You have shared very useful information. It will definitely help people to avoid plantar fasciitis. My dad suffered from this for almost one year before he met running shoes for plantar fasciitis. he likes walking and running but because of PF he couldn't do it. Now he is better. We also find a good doctor and he become better day by day.

John said...

thanks for review, it very helpful

messcarlo said...

Thanks for review. I need shoes for high arches right now. But the article was very informative and give me more info about it.