Downward dog. Triangle pose. Warrior pose. Yoga features specific stretches that increase your flexibility and connect you spiritually. Plus, did you know that the practice also bolsters the strength of your feet? In fact, yoga and bunions don’t work against each other—they work in harmony.
When you have a bunion, your big toe points inward at your little toes and your first metatarsal bone points outward. The metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint between those bones begins to stick out, which becomes deformed—that’s the lump you see on the side of your foot near the big toe. Bunions occur when there’s an uneven amount of pressure on the MTP joint.
Yoga is good for people with bunions because it stretches the muscles and tendons around the aching area, giving it more flexibility. It also strengthens the tissues in the other parts of the foot, unloading some of the stress from the bump on your toe. Your body begins to rely on other parts of your feet during everyday movement, which gives you an all-around stable stride.
Certain positions can give you lasting relief. You will feel a stretch in your heel with the downward-facing dog. Bridge pose also stretches your arches and strengthens the toes. Cobra pose reaches the front of your ankles and targets the toe extensors near your bunion.
Sitting movements put the least amount of stress on your bunions. The forward bend is a good exercise that allows you to control where you want to receive the pull on the bottom of your foot—you can really feel the stretch.
If you want peace from your bunion pain, visit the Richardson Podiatry Center. Dr. Gene Reister knows about yoga and bunions and other ways to keep your feet strong and free of discomfort. Call our office in Richardson, TX, at (972) 690-5374 or make an appointment online.
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