Yoga is relaxing and provides an excellent way to stay flexible and balanced throughout one’s life. There are several styles of yoga, such as Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Kundalini. Some of these styles of yoga involve transitional movements, like vigorous linked poses called the Sun Salutation, that require stepping or jumping back and landing on the pads of one’s toes. This action can lead to foot pain. Also, wearing shoes during yoga can constrict the feet, causing foot pain because the arches can’t carry the weight of the body. To eliminate foot pain while practicing yoga, it is suggested one changes their style of yoga and do it with yoga shoes or go barefoot on a clean mat. Yoga devotees can also practice some exercises that will bring back elasticity in the plantar fascia muscles that form the arch bed. Once such exercise is standing with the feet hip-width apart while keeping the head and chest tall and the lower abs drawn in towards the spine. Lift both heels as you contract the leg muscles. Pause before lowering the heels to the floor. This exercise should be done 10 to 20 times each day. If you would like more information about how to practice yoga in a way that is least apt to cause foot pain, consult with a podiatrist who is an expert in everything related to the feet and ankles.
Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from Parkwood Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Ankle Sprains
- Broken Foot
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Stress Fractures
- Turf Toe
Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.
Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Brunswick and Hinesville, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.