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Podcast #28 Free Your Feet [Part 3] – Dr Ray McClanahan

DrRay2Dr Ray McClanahan is not your typical Podiatrist. He believes that most foot problems are entirely preventable and curable without surgery and other invasive procedures. He relies on sports medicine and conservative options to restore natural foot alignment. To help himself and his patients realign their toes, he created Correct Toes,  gentle silicone toe spacers that can be worn inside shoes with a wide toe box.

Listen for tips on foot strengthening, stretching, making smart shoe choices and dealing with the wear and tear of high heels.

FreeYourFeetThe GIVEAWAYS for minimal shoes, books, footcare and foot massage products are happening on my Facebook page!

April 6-10 My-Happy Feet Alignment Socks
April 15 – Moji FootPro massage roller
April 21- Vivobarefoot shoe giveaway
April 23 – Skora shoe giveaway
April 24 – Whole Body Barefoot book giveaway
April 27- Moji Foot massage roller
April 29 – Correct Toes

Check it out for details on how to win.


Conversation Highlights:

  • Foot problems are entirely preventable if we understand why feet go awry in the first place
  • If you look at cultures that don’t have our kind of footwear they’re feet are the same shape that they were at birth
  • The Brannock Device is outdated and ignores natural foot anatomy
  • Many mistakenly believe that the widest part of the foot is the ball of the foot
  • Feet are the healthiest when widest at the toes!
  • Dr. Ray is focused on prevention which is not very common in the world of Podiatry
  • Shoe RANT about children’s shoes
  • Some shoe companies make claims but aren’t actually correct or scientific
  • One of his mentors – Dr. William Rossi had a huge influence on him
  • What can be done to mitigate the foot damage from high heels
  • The most common foot condition that he treats is plantar fasciosis (formerly thought to be plantar fasciitis)
  • Another mentor of his – Dr. Harvey Lemont, DPM on plantar fasciosis
  • How troubling it is that we can find new information in medical literature but it takes so long for people to start incorporating it and making changes
  • How and why he created Correct Toes and has been using them for 16 years
  • Everyone’s feet get wider and longer as we get older. Most people wear shoes that are too small.
  • Don’t think of your feet as having a shoes size or a number. Use the shoe liner test below.
  • Most shoes with tapered toes cause excessive pronation and keep the foot in a pronated position
  • Foot pronation isn’t necessarily a problem as long as you can also supinate the foot. Some of the best long distance runners have an incredible amount pronation
  • Go easy and slow. You can’t just ditch your regular shoes and go straight to a minimal shoe
  • If you transition too quickly to minimal footwear you will create more problems!

Related Links:

Dr. William Rossi article on Children’s Footwear

M0re articles by Dr. William Rossi

Fashion Footwear Survival Guide

What happens to your calf muscles and Achilles tendon even from a 2-inch heel

Plantar Fasciosis Video (why it’s not plantar fasciitis)

Dr. Harvey Lemont, DPM Article for 2003 Journal of Podiatric Medicine

The Shoe Liner Test (Ditch the Brannock Device)

Shoe Selection Guide

Healthcare/Footcare Provider List

Dr Ray’s Shoe List

Correct Toes

First Free Your Feet episode with Gary Ward

Second Free Your Feet episode with Katy Bowman/James Earls/Dr. Mark Cheng


BodyTeaser: Strengthen Intrinsic Foot Muscles!

[The body teasers are a play on brain teasers. The goal is to play, experiment, get us thinking about how we move and ultimately improve how we move.]

Pro tip – many people want to strengthen their feet before they address muscle imbalances. It’s better to stretch the extensors (top of the foot) before you start strengthening the intrinsic muscles on the bottom of the foot.

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5 Responses to Podcast #28 Free Your Feet [Part 3] – Dr Ray McClanahan

  1. Carolyn Ehringhaus May 4, 2015 at 8:12 PM #

    I have enjoyed listening to all of Ariana’s podcasts. She is an excellent interviewer who listens well and asks great questions. This past month, Ariana’s interviews concerning foot health have been particularly interesting, given the variety of expert opinions concerning a single topic. I would highly recommend Ariana’s podcasts to anyone interested in learning about the latest ideas concerning the body and heath.

    • admin May 5, 2015 at 8:57 AM #

      Thank you Carolyn! 🙂

      • Angie May 12, 2015 at 3:38 PM #

        Do you have a transcript of this interview?

        • admin May 12, 2015 at 9:54 PM #

          Hi Angie – As of now I don’t have transcripts of any of the interviews. But I’ve been getting requests for them and would like to have them available as an option soon. It’s in the works. thanks!

  2. Jewels March 2, 2016 at 7:59 PM #

    I love Ariana’s podcast and the people she interviewed. I learned a great deal about the feet from this interview. Thank you.

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