Do you suffer from sore, tired feet? Are you on your feet all day and need relief? Do you suffer from bunions, hammertoes, or plantar fascitis? If so, you're an ideal candidate for yoga toes.
Yoga toes, or as as they are also known toe stretchers, are a gel like device that look similar to the foam toe separators used by pedicurists. To use yoga toes, all you have to do is insert your toes into the inserts and wear them while passively lying or sitting down. No intense workouts or awkward exercises, yoga toes does all the work while you rest!
The goal of this product is to stretch and strengthen the muscles in your feet. This will reduce the amount of stress placed on your feet by training your feet to take a wider stance. You'll find that the added strength in your feet will make a world of difference, allowing you to stand, walk, or run with more vigor and stamina than you've had before.
A Yoga Toes Testimonial
I bought my yoga toes about six months ago and wear them nearly everyday for about a half hour to an hour, although you will see and feel results with just a few minutes of use a day. The great thing is I can do this in my downtime and don't have to plan a portion of my day to exercising my feet. Usually I just slip them on when I'm watching TV or doing some other sedentary activity.
Yes, you can multitask TV watching and doing something beneficial for your health at the same time! When I first started using yoga toes, I realized very quickly that the stretching I was feeling was more than I had expected; these are definitely not your flimsy foam pedicure toe stretchers. After a couple of days, I didn't notice the "burn" as much but did notice that my feet did not fatigue as easily as usual. I work on my feet most of the day so this was a very welcome change indeed!
Now after several months of using yoga toes, my foot flexibility has increased leaps and bounds, not to mention I rarely get tired while on my feet.
Yoga Toes: The Missing Manual
How to wear them
My advice is that you wet your toes before putting the stretchers on. Also, it is a good idea to perform a preliminary stretch by gently bending the toes back towards you. This will loosen the muscles a bit and make the initial experience easier. Just a small reminder, it's normal to feel some discomfort the first time you use yoga toes. For me, this was the case the first few times I used them. That being said, if you feel the need to take them off after a few minutes, then by all means, do so. It's completely normal to start slowly and build your way up to longer usage times. Not to worry though, eventually your muscles will get used to it and you'll look forward to putting on your toe stretchers.
How often to wear them
As long as you're not standing, you can wear yoga toes. Like I said earlier, they're great to use while watching TV or just while sitting down and relaxing. You can even wear them overnight if you'd like. There is no downside to wearing yoga toes for as long as you feel comfortable.
General care and cleaning
Yoga toes are made of a non-porous plastic and gel combination. This makes them resistant to dirt and also easy to clean. Mild soaps and sanitizers will easily do the trick. They can also be put in the dishwasher if you'd like.
Yoga Toes and Your Health
Although there are many foot care doctors who recommend yoga toes to their patients, most are reluctant to verify claims by the manufacturers that the product will cure bunions, hammertoes and other foot ailments. This reluctance stems from the lack of scientific data to back up these assertions; although most doctors agree that toe stretchers do not pose any significant potential health risks and can help alleviate these problems. I would recommended that you speak to your physician before using yoga toe stretchers to treat any of the above foot conditions. If you get the okay then I wish you well in your venture into the world of toe yoga!