Bunion Prevention Through Therapeutic Foot Work

Because we practice yoga in our bare feet, I’ve had 41 years of observing feet. One of the first things that I noticed as a young teacher is that feet appear to age faster than the rest of the body. Why? Feet are the foundation of the body, and they have thirty-three movable joints that get immobilized for long periods of time in shoes. Over time, these joints lose their range of motion through improper walking patterns (walking on non-weight-bearing parts of the feet,) creating excessive wear and tear which leads to bunions and a myriad of foot problems. When I observe a client walking in bare feet, it becomes clear what role the impact into the foot plays in creating pain. You have the power to change that by focused work with Yamuna Foot Wakers and Foot Savers and standing yoga postures. This will keep your feet strong, functional, and flexible.

I have worked with people after they have had foot surgery to regain flexibility and strength in their feet. If the thirty-three movable joints had been consistently worked, many of these surgeries would have not been necessary. There is a walking pattern that accompanies the growth of bunions. According to the Mayo Clinic, bunions develop when the pressures of bearing and shifting your weight fall unevenly on the joints and tendons in your feet. This imbalance in pressure makes your big toe joint unstable, eventually molding the parts of the joint into a
bunion. You have the power to realign your feet and improve your walking pattern. Although we can’t change our fingerprints, we can change our footprints, bringing balance and well-being to the whole body.

If you would like to have your walking patterned evaluated, please give me a call. I can give you the tools and practices that will bring your feet into alignment and create balance for the whole body.

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