Yoga toes are a toe separation device that are somewhat similar in design to the foam toe separators that are used when you get a pedicure. Instead of using foam for construction, yoga toes are made of plastic and gel, and can be worn while you’re relaxing, watching TV, or just putting your feet up at the end of the day. Manufacturers of these devices claim that the separation of the toes is extremely healthy for the feet and can relieve the pain in the balls of the feet and in the toes that is caused by wearing cramped shoes.
There’s little doubt that yoga toes, in all their forms, have become a sensation in the 2000s. The several companies that sell them post hundreds of positive, anecdotal reviews of their product. It can make sense that a good stretch of the toes at the end of each day might promote better foot comfort. What is questionable is how long this stretch will continue to be effective if people persist in wearing shoes that cramp the toes each day.
Manufacturers of yoga toes also claim that they can eliminate bunions, calluses, and a variety of other foot conditions. The consumer does need warning that medical evidence regarding these devices is scanty. They may not eliminate these conditions, but it might be worth trying them, particularly if your only option left is surgery to relieve these conditions.
Some manufacturers do offer 90-day money back guarantees on their products, and it might be worthwhile to purchase yoga toes that include a guarantee. Other companies specifically do not offer this guarantee, and these companies should probably be avoided. The original yoga toes are called YogaToes®, and are manufactured by Yoga Pro™. Other companies do manufacture similar products, and both the registered and unregistered versions can be found on the Internet.
Following this trend of yoga toes foot separation devices, you can also find sandals with toe separators. These feature thongs between each of the toes to keep them separated. Since a perfect yoga standing position requires the person to stretch the toes out, they may also be called yoga-training sandals. You can find them in many Internet yoga stores and in sports stores that sell yoga clothing and supplies.
Though there is little scientific evidence that any form of yoga toes do what they claim, it’s hard to find negative reviews of these products. Customer testimonials on a site selling the product must be taken with a grain of salt, since most sites selling a product will only feature the most flattering attestations to the product’s value. Nevertheless, yoga is certainly proven as helpful exercise, with many benefits to the body. Therefore, a toe-stretching device that provides some of the benefits of yoga may be of use to people suffering from foot or toe pain.