On Wednesday, I told the tale of my bunions. Today, I’ll discuss techniques for foot care I’ve had time to research while I rest my feet post-surgery.

Here are a few movements I will include in my (future) daily foot care from Katy Bowman’s book, Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief.

  • Holding hands with my feet! Interlace my opposite hand to surgical foot, gently spreading and stretching the tissues between my toes. Lots of full deep breaths! Always supportive.
  • Stretching the gripping muscles. Starting with toenails, lay down the top of my foot behind me, keeping my heel centered. Increase the stretch, when possible, by straightening my back knee and reaching back (extending) from my hip.

Because everything north of the foot is influenced by it, as well as, affect it, I will also include the following Yoga Tune Up® exercises:

  • Knee-to-Chest with Abdominal Crunch
  • Sprinkler Garudasana (Eagle)
  • 1/2 Happy Baby MiniviniLeg Stretch #1, #2, and #3

Truth be told, I am getting a bit punchy with all this immobility required for surgical recuperation! So as of two days ago, I gingerly began to include these YTU exercises as part of my rehab. (Was ever so meticulous NOT to bump my surgical foot!) It feels terrific! And, I know it is the beginning of enlightening my whole body of prime movement patterns moving forward!

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