I can’t believe that I haven’t written before about Yoga Toes, an essential piece of long term foot care. I got my first and only pair of Yoga Toes over ten years ago. They are expensive but one pair is all you will ever need. At this point I wear them once a month or so but back in the day…
Aging gracefully is one of the main themes of my life and the quality of your feet go a long way to determine how gracefully you will age. The feet are the base of a rather precarious structure that requires a good deal of support from a solid base. There are twenty six bones in each foot making up a quarter of the bones in the body.
As a yoga teacher I see a lot of feet– it helps to love feet and be fascinated by them. I worked in a hospice a number of years back and those are some crazy feet to study. My sister referred to my father’s feet as hooves due to the way they swelled and thickened.
There are a number of arch systems in the body providing stability and effective weight transfer. The arches of the feet are the end of the line so to speak and the quality of the arches of our feet determine a great deal about how supportive our posture could be.
A lot of things can go wrong with our feet. Here is a short list from the Yoga Toes website:
- Hammer Toes
- Claw Toes
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Poor Circulation
- Crossed or Overlapping Toes
- Mallet Toes
In my work the way we stand and walk can have a profound effect on all of these issues. For whatever reason people have these problems, I think poor mechanics and posture are always a contributing factor.
So while everyone should use Yoga Toes because they are very effective and an extremely useful tool in the war on aging poorly, they will not fix anything without your willingness to make some other changes as well.
Depending on the nature of your feet you might want to rip the Yoga Toes off within minutes of putting them on. They are big and thick and move your toes where they want them, which is into the correct position.
Even if you have fairly sever bunions the Yoga Toes will get your big toes to line up correctly. The likely won’t stay there when the Yoga Toes come off but it is possible that they can arrest their further progress.