Yoga and Pilates Injuries: Feet and Ankles Bear the Brunt

Yoga can put some strain on various parts of your body, especially if you are a beginner. It is best to take it easy at the start of your session and allow your body to work its way into the poses. Don’t try and overdo it when you are beginning something, whatever it is. Enthusiasm can be a problem sometimes; remember that there is nobody to impress except yourself. Pilates is less prone to physical injuries for its participants because they are invariably on their back.

All physical pursuits, sporting activities and recreations can result in injuries to the feet. Ankles are very prone to injuries from strain and losing balance. Holding an asana can for some novice yoga participants be a bridge too far and result in a toppling over injury. This can strain ligaments and tendons in the joint and feet. We are often doing things like yoga and Pilates to improve our general fitness and flexibility. If, however, we rush things, as we are all guilty of doing at certain times, then, our exercises can end up hurting us. Injuries to feet and ankles can be relatively long lasting, and so, it is important to take care to avoid serious injury.

Yoga and Pilates Injuries: Feet and Ankles Bear the Brunt

Our feet and ankles bear an incredible amount of weight and pressure, because we are bipeds and no longer quadrupeds. When humankind stood up and stayed upright, we shifted the goal posts, structurally speaking, for ever more. The weight of the average man is eighty four kilograms and the average woman around seventy kilograms. All this weight is bearing down on your feet and ankles. When you stretch yourself into unfamiliar positions, you are shifting that load and weight bearing onto different parts of your body. Moving from pose to pose and exercise to exercise, one must be extremely careful, because your body is not used to these situations.

Yoga and Pilates can train your physical body to become more flexible and improve your core strength. It takes time, however, and modern man and woman want instant gratification, these opposing impulses work against each other and can cause injury. Extreme yoga practices can, like martial arts, potentially damage feet and ankles, if diligent care is not taken by the participant at all times. It is not only ballet and gymnastics that cause serious foot injuries; all movement based activities can result in accidental injury. Podiatrists warn all their clients to be careful when exercising.