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Yoga and Foot Stretches

Monday, 13 July 2020 00:00

People who enjoy yoga may be familiar with getting the occasional foot cramp during their practice. There are specific poses where the foot is tucked under and the top of the foot rests on the floor.  Yoga poses are generally held for several minutes, which may cause foot pain. One of the reasons that pain in the feet may develop, can be a result of dehydration. This can be remedied by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after completing a yoga class. Foot stretches are important to perform before starting a yoga class. An effective stretch that can benefit the overall foot is done by rolling your ankles in both directions while lying on your back. This can be done while alternating pointing and flexing the feet. If you would like additional information on how to perform foot stretches during a yoga practice, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Lovely Foot Associates, PC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Johnstown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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