According to Jackie Sutera, DPM, a podiatrist, Vionic Innovation Lab expert, and American Podiatric Medical Association spokesperson, doing yoga sans socks or shoes could potentially be a bad idea, depending on both your body, and whether or not you've taken the right precautionary measures. "When you're barefoot, you rely on the intrinsic or small muscles in the foot for balance," Dr. Sutera tells Elite Daily.
|Dr. Jacqueline Sutera
"The fat on the bottom of your foot is the only cushion between your foot bones and the floor." In other words, you know those one-legged yoga poses that test your balance, like tree pose? According to Sutera, putting all your weight on such a small group of muscles might not be a great idea, as it could increase your chances of injury. "All these small muscles are contracted and you're exerting force with all your bodyweight on your feet," she explains.
Source: Georgina Barbari, Elite Daily [August 2018]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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