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5 Things to Know about the Naboso Splay toe spacer

5 Things to Know about the Naboso Splay toe spacer

Did you know that our toes play a very important role in balance, power and gait?  In fact, studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between toe strength and overall function.

One way to support proper toe function is by using toe spacers, such as those by Naboso.

Below are 5 benefits of using Naboso Splay toe spacers on a daily basis and check out the workout clip to see it in action:

Slow Bunion Formation

Frequent use of Naboso Splay can help stretch the adductor hallcuis muscle, which is responsible for pulling the big toe out laterally. The more flexible we can keep the muscles that surround the big toe, the more we can reduce any pain in the joint, minimize arthritis formation and slow the progression of bunions.

Stretch and Align Hammertoes

Another common digit deformity in the foot is the contracture of the digits or hammertoes.  Naboso Splay supports the long, straight, and flat alignment of our toes which is needed for balance and stability.  Naboso Splay can be worn throughout the day or even when working out to re-enforce proper toe alignment and intrinsic foot function.

Improve Balance and Stability

A 2020 study by Quinlan et al. showed that strengthening the toes can improve balance, with overall toe strength being correlated to toe position.  To get the most out of toe strength we want to ensure our toes stay straight and flat to the ground. This toe position can be supported by using Naboso Splay.

Reduce Plantar Fascia Stress

The thick band of tissue on the bottom of our foot, known as the plantar fascia, runs from the bottom of our heel and inserts into the bases of all our toes.   This means that when we stretch, splay and open our forefoot and toes – we actually stretch our plantar fascia!  Just 30 minutes a day of wearing Naboso Splay can help minimize any stress on the plantar fascia.

Reverse the Restriction of Shoes

One of the downfalls of modern footwear is that it can be quite constricting to our toes, leading to pain and deformity.  By integrating Naboso Splay during your workout, at the end of the day, or even in your shoes (if they fit!) can reduce the risk of unnecessary foot pain.

Overall, optimal foot function has to be a daily process. Using Naboso Splay spacers is an easy way to support foot function and reverse any daily foot stress.  We recommend starting with 30 minutes a day and gradually increasing based on comfort.

 

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Dr Emily Splichal, Functional Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of EBFA Global, Author of Barefoot Strong and CEO/Founder of Naboso Technology. With over 22 years in the fitness industry, Dr Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to barefoot science, foot to core integration and sensory integration.

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