Yoga is a terrific way to improve your physical and mental fitness. But can it improve the health of your toes and feet?
The simple answer to that question is a resounding yes! Many forms of yoga are beneficial for your feet, your arches, and the muscles and ligaments that support them. (Read more about how yoga can improve plantar fasciitis.)
But what about YogaToes, the popular new product everyone is talking about? They aim to heal claw, mallet, and hammer toes through lifting and separating the toes with a wearable device made of medical-grade gel — and promises some impressive results!
Toe separators offer simple, cost-effective, non-surgical solutions for pain–especially when it comes to the feet and toes. So, let’s take a look at the questions you’re sure to have about this hot new product: Do toes stretchers really live up to the hype? What do the reviews and research say? And can toe separators help with plantar fasciitis?
Here’s everything you need to know!
Benefits of Toe Separators
Toe separators were designed primarily to help with painful conditions like hammer toes, claw toes, and mallet toes. All these conditions cause the toes to bend and curl at unnatural angles. Tight shoes are the most common culprit, which force toes to stay bent at an unnatural angle, encouraging the tendons in the foot to contract over time.
Toe separators work by gently stretching the tendons in the feet, encouraging the toes to uncurl, separate, and resume a natural position that makes walking and physical activity far more comfortable. The product is made to be worn with bare feet (not shoes) while resting, and can be worn for up to an hour per day.
These separators stretch the muscles and ligaments in the foot, improving strength and flexibility, helping guide feet back to their optimal shape, and improving circulation to promote healing. Not only do they promote rest and stretching (two of the most important components to healing many foot injuries and conditions), they can also be frozen and then worn, reducing inflammation.
The product has a devoted fan base and plenty of reviews that share stories of uncurled hammer toes, disappearing foot pain, and bunionectomies avoided. Relax & restore toes
The Science Behind Toe Stretching
It’s no secret that stretching is a critical component to improving many heel and foot injuries. And when it comes to toes that have been forced into an unnatural, curled position over time, gentle stretching is just the ticket. Stretching helps to elongate tendons that have become too short and tight, allowing toes to uncurl back to a normal position. It also helps break up adhesions, improves flexibility, and strengthens the muscles and ligaments in the toes and beyond.
When one part of the foot is out of alignment, the rest of the body suffers. Whether the ailment is hammer toe or plantar fasciitis, ailments of the foot negatively impact your ability to walk, run, and participate in other physical activities pain free. Problems with the heels, arch, or toes can also have a negative impact on your gait and your body’s ability to bear weight and impact.
Do YogaToes Help Plantar Fasciitis?
Rest is one of the best ways to promote healing of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the foot’s arch. And since YogaToes can only be worn while resting the feet, they’re a great way to encourage rest!
If you suffer from disorders like hammer toe, bunions, or claw toe that cause your toes to bend unnaturally, stretching and realigning your toes with YogaToes can also be beneficial for the arch of your foot, as well as the other muscles and tendons that support your arch. What’s good for one part of your foot is good for the others!
Using toe stretchers in tandem with other natural remedies, particularly orthotic inserts made especially for plantar fasciitis, will give you the best results when it comes to plantar fasciitis, since orthotic inserts can be worn while walking and other types of physical activity.
Have you tried YogaToes? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!
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