Summer is an active time of year. If you’re outdoors all of the time, your feet may start to ache. Like the rest of your body, the joints of your feet need to be supported by strong, flexible muscles. Yoga can help you develop balanced alignment in your feet, which can pay off with better alignment throughout your body. It can also prevent and help relieve symptoms of common foot problems such as heel pain and bunions. Yoga has wonderful healing and therapeutic benefits for the feet and rest of the body, can reduce stress and anxiety, and even has been shown to lower blood pressure!
When doing yoga, consciously stretch and engage your feet. Press firmly into the ground with each pose. Weaving stretches help relieve symptoms of bunions. Weave the fingers of one hand between each of the toes of your opposite foot. With a firm grip, stretch and massage the toes and the ball of the foot, encouraging mobility and opening space between the toes.
Moves, like Palm Tree, can help strengthen the ankles and calves. Stand in Mountain Pose, lightly touching a wall with your hands for balance. Inhaling, lift your heels as high as possible; exhaling, bring them back to earth. You can repeat this until you feel stretched and relaxed.
If yoga becomes too painful for your feet, or even if you want to increase the deepness of your stretches, try our stretching devices such as the Thera Band Kit or the UltraFlexx device which can be used for a variety of stretches to promote deeper stretches for better relaxation, exercise, and foot health! If you experience heel pain, bunions, and/or hammertoes, get relief today from the team at Heartland Foot and Ankle. Call today at 309-661-9975 or click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lockwood today!