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Yoga - Beneficial to the Feet

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Yoga benefits the body—including the feet.  Local Milford, CT studio, Ganga Flow Yoga, offers classes for beginners on Monday evenings. While some forms of yoga are harder on the feet due to transitions that include jumping, others are very gentle, and offer a great opportunity to strengthen your body’s foundation—your feet.

Weak feet can lead to problems with your ankles, knees, hips and back. Yoga is a great way to strengthen the feet. It is practiced without shoes, which gives the feet an opportunity to use muscles that may not be utilized on a regular basis. The foot flexors, tendons found in your feet, are developed with this type of exercise. How does this happen?

Yoga routines include a series of poses and movements. Some are done on the toes, while others are performed from a seated position. You may be asked to flex your feet, balance on your heels, or even place your weight on the outside of your feet. Each of these develop stronger, more flexible feet. Even the toes receive a good stretch as part of maintaining balance during a pose. 

Stretching the feet and calves is known to assist with common foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Improving balance and control of the feet are added benefits of yoga. Before beginning a class, speak to your doctor and the instructor to learn about the type of yoga that will work best for you. For the feet, gentle transitions between poses are best. 

Do your feet feel weak and tired? Are you experiencing pain? Podiatrist Sanjay Patel understands the importance of strong, healthy feet. Don’t delay finding relief. Make an appointment today by calling the Hamden, CT office at (203)288-4055, or the Milford, CT office at (203)876-7736. Online scheduling is also available.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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