Frequently Asked Questions
Before You Buy
With Correct Toes, you can:
- Relieve foot pain while being active
- Align toes back to their natural, anatomical position
- Improve strength and flexibility of the toes and feet
- Increase circulation to the ends of the toes
- Enhance balance and stability
Correct Toes help splay the toes in the way that nature intended. Why is this important? We spend a lifetime in footwear, including most athletic footwear, that is too narrow at the ends of the toes. As a result, the shod adult foot shape differs from the unshod adult foot shape (and from the foot shape of infants, who are born with perfect feet).
Correct Toes work in a similar way to how braces work for teeth. Correct Toes place the toes into optimal alignment and slowly and progressively change the architecture of the foot. The muscles of the foot adapt and strengthen accordingly. Toe alignment and foot strength has numerous positive effects on biomechanics, gait and injury prevention.
Anyone with diabetes or diminished sensation in the feet should avoid using Correct Toes. Also, anyone with diminished circulation (peripheral arterial disease or “PAD”) should not use Correct Toes.
Please consult your holistically-minded healthcare provider if you are uncertain about whether or not you should use Correct Toes.
We ship all international orders using FedEx Shipping and they are also our customs broker. From time to time, FedEx will contact you directly about paying a fee – this fee is a customs/duty charge, not a shipping fee. The customs/duty charges are the responsibility of the customer and have to be paid before the shipment will be released from customs. Please note also that FedEx cannot ship to PO Boxes.
Using Correct Toes
Correct Toes are placed between the toes and are designed to be worn either barefoot or within naturally shaped footwear. Best results occur when using Correct Toes during daily weight-bearing activities. It’s important to incorporate Correct Toes into your foot care routine slowly and progressively. Begin wearing Correct Toes for only 30 minutes the first day, increasing wear-time in 30-minute increments each consecutive day, to tolerance.
Correct Toes encourage muscles to flex, move and work in new ways. Fatigue, muscle soreness and tenderness are normal during the transition process. Similar to any new activity, soreness should subside while strength gains occur.
Think of it this way: It takes decades for feet to conform to conventional footwear, in which muscles and tendons are held rigid in stiff foundations, preventing movement and causing atrophy. Over many years, feet weaken and conform to the shape of footwear.
Similar to the progression of starting a new fitness program, aligning and strengthening feet and toes is a slow process. Positive changes require time and are not without a few aches along the way. Anticipate using Correct Toes regularly during the transition to new footwear. Throughout the first few months, progressive use of the device will begin to yield changes in alignment. After several years of consistent use, feet become stronger. The long-term goal of Correct Toes is to maintain natural toe position without the use of Correct Toes. Correct Toes acts as a temporary training aid while lower leg musculature and toes return to the proper length-to-tension ratio and alignment, respectively.
Correct Toes are designed to be adaptable and customizable. The 1st and 4th pylons are formed with an open, hollow cavity. This cavity can be filled with material to assist in the progressive shifting of the 1st and 5th toes. A shim is any soft, flexible material that can be used to spread or widen the hollow cavity within the 1st or 4th Correct Toes pylons. Try cutting up a piece of an old shoe liner in inserting this into the slot.* One, two, or even three shims can be added to these cavities over time to help “bulk up” the spacers.**
*We recommend at least 3 months of progressive and consistent Correct Toes use before trying this modification.
**Shim material is not provided with the purchase of Correct Toes.