I've had pain in my big toe joint for about a year now and finally went to see a podiatrist. She says I have bone spurs (top of big toe joint and heel) and Hallux Limitus. She wants to put me into stiff shoes and custom orthotics (along with some calf and hamstring stretching). For the next week I have tape on my feet that is supposed to help ease the tension in the joint. Isn't this exactly the opposite of what I want to do? What I really want to do is find a BF-friendly podiatrist near me, but the closest one is about 1.5 hrs away. I'd much prefer to stay on the non-orthotics path if at all possible! Any other advice anyone has would be welcome. Thanks!