They hold you up all day long, they get you everywhere you need to go, and they connect your body to the earth. Some yogi’s even call the feet the “roots” of the body.
Yet for all that our feet do for us, we don’t do much for them in return. We cram them into tight shoes, run around on them all day, and pretty much disregard them unless they’re giving us severe trouble. The New York Times article, Foot Pain In-Depth Report, states that 75% of people will suffer from foot problems at some point in their lives, many of which are entirely preventable.
“The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone…” Dr.Kornfeld, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, says: “‘I sing that song to my patients. In fact, experts say one of the most important reasons to treat foot problems early is to prevent them from throwing the knees, hips, back, and shoulders out of whack.”
My fabulous roommate told me about toe stretchers and my world has changed. Let me introduce you to YogaToes!
They are a gel set of toe separators, that look like what you use for pedicures, only bigger and fully encircled. This material is BPA and latex free, and flexible to the shape of your particular feet.
While they do look funny, toe stretchers offer a nice way to treat yourself to a toe and foot massage. I use mine every day at work.
According to the manufacturer’s website, YogaToes:
- Help correct and realign foot structure by spreading, stretching and exercising toes
- Strengthen and stretch foot muscles
- Help improve circulation and appearance
- Balance the entire body and stimulate and improve posture
I immediately felt stress relief the first time I wore toe stretchers. I found them easy to put on without having to wet them first. I keep a pair of YogaToes in my desk at work and put them on during conference calls.
In fact, they became so popular at the law firm I work at, that we gave them away as gifts for a women’s event we just hosted.
It’s like a vacation for your feet!
- Increase flexibility: YogaToes stretch the muscles above and under the toes, pulling them away from each other and away from the ball of the foot.
- Correct Alignment: In a 2009 article for America’s Podiatrist, Dr. Michael Nirenberg writes that the position of the toes while in devices similar to YogaToes will purportedly help to correct any misalignment’s from poorly fitting shoes, overuse, bunions or hammertoes.
- Relieve pain
The YogaToes are simple to use. Place each toe in its individual slot and wear them for 10 minutes a day at first so your muscles can get used to stretching. Gradually work up to 1 hour a day. I usually do 30-45 minutes in the morning and afternoon at work.
Tips from YogaToes.com:
- Cool YogaToes® in the freezer – they won’t become rigid. Enjoy them on a hot summer day or after a long day in shoes.
- Wear YogaToes® in the bathtub. Hot water loosens & relaxes muscles, making for an even more effective and soothing experience.
- Wear YogaToes® in the hot tub or swimming pool. Don’t worry – they float.
- YogaToes® relieve the pain caused by the highest heels and pointiest shoes. Slip them on under your desk at work.
- Exercise is great for your body, but it can be very hard on your feet. Keep your feet fit. Wear YogaToes® before or after your workouts!
- YogaToes® make relaxing easy. Stress relief has never been more important. At night try YogaToes® to relax. Wake up refreshed ready for the day.
YogaToes in the Media
- The singer Sia is a big fan of our toe spacers as well as many ballerinas in The Washington Ballet.
- Chosen as a Fan Favorite on Today
- A natural pain relief gadget on The Ricki Lake Show
- 5 Ways to Get Fit — Without Getting Hurt: O, The Oprah Magazine
- Tired Tootsies? YogaToes® Ease Foot Pain: Does It Work? MSNBC.com
- “À Vos Pieds” (Here’s to Your Feet) BIBA Beauty (France)
- One of My Best Beauty Buys. Ever. Katrina Lawrence for Primped (Australia)
- What Are Some Benefits From Wearing YogaToes®? Livestrong.com
- A High-Heel Workout: Grazia Magazine (Germany)
- Doctor Oz did a segment on Bunion Busters, and I was told he admitted he has toe stretchers.
Dr. Carol Frey, an assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at UCLA, as well as co-director and West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation director of orthopedic foot and ankle surgery in Manhattan Beach, California said she really liked YogaToes. She also confirms that foot pain caused by overuse, tight shoes, mild corns or small bunions can be helped by toe stretchers.
The first woman head trainer in major pro sports explains how to avoid injury while getting in shape.
When the L.A.Dodgers’ $10 million slugger Andre Ethier got hurt at the beginning of this year’s baseball season, Sue Falsone was the one who ran out to assess his injury—and that was a little bit of history. Falsone, 38, is the first female head athletic trainer in major American pro sports.
Falsone recommends wearing YogaToes for up to 30 minutes a day. She also has her players roll their arches over a baseball. These measures activate muscles that help support your arch and stretch the fascia, the tissue that binds muscles. “Stretching foot fascia releases tension all the way up your legs,” Falsone says.
About 8 months ago, I personally had just recovered from a stress fracture in my sesamoid bone. I learned that your sesamoid bone is one the 52 bones in the foot. You have two of these bones in each foot and they are about the size of a kernel of corn. Your sesamoid bone is also one of the only bones that connects to tendons. I was in a boot healing for about 6-8 weeks. After recovering I slowly started using YogaToes. I was very careful only to leave them on 5-8 minutes at first as I wanted to be careful with my sesamoiditis. I truly believe this has helped me evenly distribute weight across my foot instead of having all the weight on the inside ball of my foot. I have been using them for about six months now and will continue to use them about five times a week (usually under my desk at work).
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I also bought these toe separating socks on Amazon. I sleep in them about once a week or use them when I am reading at night. Just another form of toe stretchers I wanted to share with you!