Downward Dog For Your Toes

Published in the October/November 2009 issue.

Most dancers can’t go a day without stretching, but they often completely ignore the aches and pains in their feet. Give your tootsies some TLC with YogaPro’s YogaToes, which increase circulation, straighten bent toes and realign joints. Dr. Frank Sinkoe, podiatrist for Atlanta Ballet, says several of his dancers use them. “They relax the four layers of muscle on the bottom of the foot that insert into the toes,” he says. This helps the toes recover from stress, strain and overuse—also known as pointe shoe abuse. Wear them for a few minutes before class to engage the foot muscles, and for about half an hour after class to stretch and relax your toes.