How to work around problematic feet


#1

Hello. This site is such a wonderful resource. Thank you to everyone who puts so much time, energy, and care into it.

I have a question - I love yoga but have been forced into a more and more limited practice over the past few years because I cannot bend my big toes. I have hallux rigidus, and the big toe joints are fused straight. That means no moving into downward dog by tucking toes under; no plank; no warrior poses that involve bending the toes; etc. etc. Nearly every class I take either in person or online has so many things I cannot do. It is so frustrating. I have to explain every time to a new teacher why I am sitting so many things out.

Hallux ridgidus is a pretty common problem, so I wondered if anyone has advice or recommendations for workarounds, particular classes, etc.

Thanks in advance!


#2

Hi there.

I haven’t come across that issue yet, so I’m not familiar with it on a first hand basis. Are you able to curl them onto the toe knuckles when you are in plank and stay up on the toes when it downward dog?

Take care,

David