Is Yoga & Stretching Worth It For Bunions & Big Toe Joint Pain?
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Yoga and stretching can be beneficial for people with big toe joint pain and bunions as they help to improve flexibility, reduce stiffness, and strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the affected area. Here’s what the research says about using yoga and stretching for big toe joint pain and bunions:
Yoga: A study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies found that practicing yoga was effective for reducing pain and improving function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Similarly, a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that yoga was effective for reducing pain and improving function in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Stretching: Stretching can help to improve flexibility and reduce stiffness in the muscles and ligaments around the affected area. A study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research found that stretching exercises were effective for reducing pain and improving function in patients with hallux valgus (the medical term for bunions).
Toe-strengthening exercises: Exercises that specifically target the muscles in the toes can help to improve strength and flexibility in the affected area. A study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association found that toe-strengthening exercises were effective for reducing pain and improving function in patients with hallux valgus.
It’s important to note that while yoga and stretching can be helpful for reducing pain and improving function in patients with big toe joint pain and bunions, they should be used as a complementary therapy alongside other treatments, such as orthotics or physical therapy. It’s also important to talk to your doctor or a physical therapist before starting any new exercise program, especially if you have a medical condition or injury.
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Dr. Tomasz Biernacki received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in 2013; he completed his Surgical Reconstructive Foot Surgery & Podiatric Medicine Residency in 2017; he completed 2 separate traveling Fellowships in Diabetic Surgery, Skin Grafting & Nerve Surgery. He is double board certified in Podiatric Medicine and separately in Foot & Ankle Surgery. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” about himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Biernacki is a licensed podiatrist in Michigan. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Biernacki and you. It would be best if you did not change your health regimen or diet before consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.