Downward Dog and Screaming Toe are two of my favourite poses for stretching out tight feet and ankles and they work particularly well in combination. It’s crucial in Downward Dog to bend your knees as much as you need to in order to achieve a totally straight line from your wrists all the way up to your lower back. You can then start to walk your dog from there, without putting unnecessary pressure through your shoulders.
Screaming Toe pose may be completely excruciating for you at first. Unfortunately, there are few modifications. You can put a bolster between your calves and hamstrings but there’s not much you can do to soften the blow on your toes. You can always extend your time in Downward Dog and spend just a few seconds in Screaming Toe, building up slowly.
BENEFITS OF STRETCHING TIGHT FEET AND ANKLES
- Loosening up tight, stiff feet.
- Alleviating plantar fasciitis.
- Protecting the health of your ankles, knees and even your hips and spine.
- Improving your speed, body control and agility.
- Try to ensure that your ankles point straight up so that you’re not tending to pronate (turn in) or supinate (turn out) your feet.
- And don’t forget your breath. Seal you lips and take long, slow breaths in and out through your nose.
WHEN YOU HAVE A LITTLE MORE TIME
I’d love to hear which other poses you practice to stretch out tight feet and ankles.