My toes are rather fond of snuggling. Well, actually, my littlest toes are the ones who feel a need to cozy on up to their neighbor. It’s not painful so much as it is unattractive (at least in my vanity driven opinion it is).
And so, prompted mostly by a desire to push them apart a bit more, and partly by a desire to be good to my feet, I decided to give Yoga Toes a try.
Now, I won’t tell you to believe the site’s inflated claims – I know my toes are likely not going to be miraculously realigned. It would be nice, and okay yes, I had at first thought it could happen (wishful thinking!). But I do realize that actual permanent bone movement is probably not in the cards here.
What I do know for sure is that, well, I sort of heart them because they make my feet feel fabulously relaxed and soothed. After a long day of use and abuse I slip those babies on and my toes are pulled apart and it’s just a wonderful thing. Ah relief! Take away the pointy shoes and then stretch my piglets to the max please!
But be warned before you try these: beginning toes, unused to being pushed apart, might not be able to endure Yoga Toes for very long. Your toes are likely more used to being smooched together and will be a bit resistant to opening up. Change isn’t easy, after all. You’ll need to build up to wearing them for longer periods. Of course, these days I could just wear them for hours and hours. I don’t, but that’s mostly because they are insanely impossible to walk in. I’d sleep with them on too if I could, but I can’t seem to manage that feat either. Oh well!
Other than feeling good, here’s the scoop (so I've been told) on why stretching your toes is the hot, hip and happening thing to do:
· Relieves stress, strain & overuse
· Improves toe alignment (easing bunions or bunions in waiting)
· Opens your ankles and generally improves circulation
· It is a passive exercise for Deep Vein Thrombosis
· It strengthens the feet and ankles
· It increases ankle and toe flexibility
· It extends Achilles tendons
· It helps with balance and posture
(And P.S. – I got mine at a discount. I heart bargains too! So poke around, check out sites like retailmenot.com for a coupon code, and save some green.)