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Yoga for Your Feet

If you have a lot of foot pain, there are many things you can try to do. You can rest and put your feet up or massage out the aches. You can also try Yoga specifically for your feet. Here are a few poses and exercises to try to help strengthen and alleviate pain.

  1. Toe Spread – Imagine you are a child starting to walk for the first time. Slowly walk barefoot on a flat surface. Breathe slowly and evenly and slowly push up and spread your toes with each step. Go slowly enough to put all the weight of your body onto the very tips of your toes.
  2. Tree Pose – Balance on one foot and bend your other leg to create a triangle. Rest the bottom of your bent leg on or around your knee. Try to hold this position for as long as possible while mentally and physically being aware of your alignment. If you feel tilted, or your balance is affected, try to straighten your leg and ankle as much as possible.
  3. Downward Dog – Put your hands and feet firmly on the ground. Make a V shape with your body, bent at the hips. Spread your feet and hands wide and push your body up with your arms until you feel the back of your legs. You should feel the weight pushing down on your legs and feet.
  4. Chair Pose – Squat down with your feet together until you are almost in a seated position. Hold the position and feel the weight in your feet. Push your feet down further into the ground. Release after 15-30 seconds.
  5. Extended Hand-To-Toe – Stand up straight and balance on your left foot. Use your right arm to hold your right foot and pull your foot up as high as you can. Keep your legs straight. Push the weight down into your left foot. Hold and switch to the other side.

Yoga can be very helpful in strengthening your feet and also calming your body through meditation and breathing. Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has been treating patients for over eighteen years. If you have any questions, call our Centreville, VA office at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.

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