My name is Norbert Petras and running is my life. As a professional long distance running coach and an elite runner and regular competitor, to find out that I had been diagnosed with foot conditions such as hammer toes, tailors Bunion, Neuroma and overlapping toes on my right foot and worst of all a Plantar Fibroma (painful hard nodule) on my left foot, I was devastated to hear the doctor telling me that my running days were over. Running has been a big part and a main passion in my life for a long time and to hear that I would have to stop, and possibly have some surgery which may cause even more complications, was very disheartening news to hear.
Luckily I did not accept this answer in any way and organised a Skype session with Dr Ray McClanahan, the inventor of Correct Toes, to ask for his opinion. He reassured me that I would be able to continue running and that all these things were reversible without surgery. He really lit up my life and future for running beyond what I can explain with words and, because all the information he gave made 100% sense, I trusted his opinion. This is when I purchased and started wearing Correct Toes. Some of the changes happened as soon as I put on the Correct Toes and the Neuroma problem disappeared completely after just 2 weeks of wearing them (and I have never had this problem since). The more I wore the Correct Toes, the more I wanted to wear them.
Slowly I replaced all my footwear, including my running shoes, with footwear that I can wear Correct Toes inside without modifications. I now do all my activities in the wide fit Ahinsa shoes (which has a zero drop, very wide toe box, very flexible sole and no toe spring) including running/racing even on the track. I refuse to wear spikes or any other footwear that are not 100 percent Correct Toes appropriate, as I know that this is what caused all the problems in the first place.
With the combination of Injinji toe socks, the Ahinsa shoes and Correct Toes (plus persistence), I managed to eliminate the Neuroma completely and the Plantar Fibroma nodule not only stopped getting harder and bigger or spreading, it completely settled down and dissapeared. My overlapping toes eventually stopped overlapping and the tension I had under that foot also went away (which used to be a burning sensation when walking on softer surfaces).
The bunions have stopped progressing into more critical categories and, in fact, the progression has reversed. All toes have become more mobile and flexible and functioning more like how they used to when I was a child. Most of these corrections have occurred for me within about an 8 month period and others have taken 2 years or more. I have now been wearing the Correct Toes for over 3 years and I'm still finding continual benefits to both my feet and my legs and body from there up.
My feet feel more stable, flexible and stronger than ever before and are still improving. I am now 38 years old and not only continuing with running, but now running faster, longer and better than I have ever run. I want to run for the rest of my life pain free and help others do the same.
This is why I am so passionate about the products I sell - I know from personal experience that they really work when worn correctly. By wearing Correct Toes and listening to the education of Dr Ray McClanahan (see the video section of this website) I believe you can see the same improvements in your foot health as I have.
I have been passionate about running for as long as I can remember and my goal as a running coach is to educate as many people as possible about "how to run smarter not harder" so that they can continue to enjoy running for the rest of their lives.
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