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By Crofton Podiatry
December 01, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: yoga   tree pose   hero pose   balance  

Yoga is an activity that is great for overall health. When practiced regularly, it is good for stretching and stretching your body, as well as developing balance and helping you keep proper posture. In many poses, you can focus your practice to bring awareness to you’re the tendencies of your feet, as well as increase foot health.

Here are some Yoga poses that you can try. They allow you to test the condition of your feet and ankles. For first timers, it would be wise to try out Yoga with a teacher so that they can help you with proper form and alignment.

  • Tadasana (or Mountain Pose): This is a standing pose. Become aware of how your feet touch the ground and how they bear your body weight. Try stretching out your toes, lifting them up, and closing your eyes to challenge your balance and stability in this pose.
  • Tree Pose: While you balance on one leg, you will be able to notice if you tend to under or over pronate. As you become more stable in this position, you will be able to further advance to raising your elevated foot, as well as raising your arms above your head.
  • Downward-Facing Dog: This is a wonderful stretching pose for the whole body, and can serve as a resting pose. This stretches hamstrings, calves, ankles, and feet, especially as you try to get your heels to touch the ground.
  • Hero Pose: Not many people tend to sit in this position, so it may feel strange or uncomfortable the first time you try this pose. Your ankles and quads will feel the stretch.

Continued practice will improve your balance, stretching, and strength in your feet and ankles. Pay attention to and listen to your body to see if there is pain. Only go as far as you can push yourself without pain. If you experience any pain or discomfort in particular parts of your feet or ankles, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, at Crofton Podiatry. Using the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques in podiatric care, he and his team will help you continue to keep active. Make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office today by calling (410) 721-4505. We serve patients in the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.

 

 




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