My friends call me a health nut and like to keep healthy by practicing yoga, running, and other cardiovascular intense activities.
Yoga Toe Separators
Do you suffer from sore, tired feet? Are you on your feet all day and need relief? Do you suffer from bunions, hammertoes, or plantar fasciitis? If so, you're an ideal candidate for yoga toes.
Yoga toes, aka toe stretchers, are gel-like devices that look similar to the foam toe separators used by pedicurists. To use yoga toes, all you have to do is insert your toes into the inserts and wear them while passively lying or sitting down. No intense workouts or awkward exercises, yoga toes do all the work while you rest!
The goal of this product is to stretch and strengthen the muscles in your feet. This will reduce the amount of stress placed on your feet by training your feet to take a wider stance. You'll find that the added strength in your feet will make a world of difference, allowing you to stand, walk, or run with more vigor and stamina than you've had before.
I bought my yoga toes about six months ago and wear them nearly every day for about a half-hour to an hour, although you will see and feel results with just a few minutes of use a day. The great thing is I can do this in my downtime and don't have to plan a portion of my day to exercise my feet. Usually, I just slip them on when I'm watching TV or doing some other sedentary activity.
Yes, you can multitask TV watching and doing something beneficial for your health at the same time! When I first started using yoga toes, I realized very quickly that the stretching I was feeling was more than I had expected; these are definitely not your flimsy foam pedicure toe stretchers. After a couple of days, I didn't notice the "burn" as much but did notice that my feet did not fatigue as easily as usual. I work on my feet most of the day so this was a very welcome change indeed!
Now after several months of using yoga toes, my foot flexibility has increased leaps and bounds, not to mention I rarely get tired while on my feet.
The Missing Manual
How to Wear Them
My advice is that you wet your toes before putting the stretchers on. Also, it is a good idea to perform a preliminary stretch by gently bending the toes back towards you. This will loosen the muscles a bit and make the initial experience easier. Just a small reminder, it's normal to feel some discomfort the first time you use yoga toes. For me, this was the case the first few times I used them. That being said, if you feel the need to take them off after a few minutes, then, by all means, do so. It's completely normal to start slowly and build your way up to longer usage times. Not to worry though, eventually, your muscles will get used to it and you'll look forward to putting on your toe stretchers.
How Often to Wear Them
As long as you're not standing, you can wear yoga toes. Like I said earlier, they're great to use while watching TV or just while sitting down and relaxing. You can even wear them overnight if you'd like. There is no downside to wearing yoga toes for as long as you feel comfortable.
General Care and Cleaning
Yoga toes are made of a non-porous plastic and gel combination. This makes them resistant to dirt and also easy to clean. Mild soaps and sanitizers will easily do the trick. They can also be put in the dishwasher if you'd like.
Benefits of Using Yoga Toes
- Helps you recover from foot strain, stress, and pain.
- Increases your foot flexibility, strength, and the appearance of your feet.
- Improves circulation throughout your lower body.
- Reduces the pain and discomfort of bunions, plantar fasciitis, and hammertoes.
- Improve posture by realigning the toes (especially helpful if you wear uncomfortable shoes all day).
- Reduces the risk of a foot-related injury
Other Interesting Features
- BPA Free
- Durable and will last many years
- Designed and made in the United States
Things to Note
Although there are many foot care doctors who recommend yoga toes to their patients, most are reluctant to verify claims by the manufacturers that the product will cure bunions, hammertoes, and other foot ailments. This reluctance stems from the lack of scientific data to back up these assertions; although most doctors agree that toe stretchers do not pose any significant potential health risks and can help alleviate these problems. I would recommend that you speak to your physician before using yoga toe stretchers to treat any of the above foot conditions. If you get the okay then I wish you well in your venture into the world of toe yoga!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Feedback on Yoga Toes
SurferGirl1 from California on April 16, 2011:
Never tried one of those but have done yoga toes many times in class...
Angela Harris from Around the USA on May 10, 2010:
I've never heard of yoga toes, but they sound promising! My daughter was in a car accident a couple of years ago and broke her foot badly. She works on her feet all day. She has terrible problems with foot pain. And I have problems with circulation in my legs and feet. We may both have to try these. Thanks for the information!
Jeniferr (author) from United States on April 08, 2009:
Thanks for stopping by and reading FPD. :) Yeah, I know most people haven't heard of yoga toes but tell you what, I love 'em. I've been pretty hard on my legs and feet over the years and they're just the best thing that I've done for them!
Dana Gore on April 07, 2009:
Never thought if this, but it's worth a try.
Tater2tot from ~~~ on August 31, 2008:
Hmm... I need some of these. I do Pilates (not yoga) but I am sure they work just the same! Right?
Jeniferr (author) from United States on August 05, 2008:
@Rochelle I suppose you could somehow fashion something that would separate your toes but with the yoga toes, since your toes are locked in it's a constant and consistent stretch so it makes it easy. You can find them under $40. I guess it all depends on the extent of your foot problems, whether or not it's worth it to you.
@spryte I think people often overlook foot strength and don't realize it's not just their legs that are being strained when walking. Besides added strength and flexibilty, I've noticed an improvement in circulation to my feet. It helps in the winter when you live in a drafty old apartment like me!
spryte from Arizona, USA on August 05, 2008:
Interesting idea...I often get toe cramps in my right foot after a long day hiking, walking, working...whatever and often thought it would be great to have something that would in effect "stretch" them apart. I may just have to give this a try!
Thanks for the information...hadn't heard of these yet.
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on August 05, 2008:
Wow-- the ones I saw were rather expensive. Are they worth it? Can't you just put marbles, or grapes or something between your toes?