I do yoga and I have trouble with my toes (don’t most people?) so I am very interested in Yoga Toes. Steve Dub has written a really nice review of these interesting little “toe-fixers”. Perhaps Yoga Toes are the antidote to shoes that squish our feet into unnatural positions.
Lots of people know just how great Yoga can be as long as you have the patience and willpower to stick with it. In an attempt to bring some of those benefits to bent and misshapen toes, a product was made to help users stretch their toes out. It is designed to help straighten out toes, and both advertisements and reviews say that they help with bunions, plantar fasciitis, and hammertoes.
They are called Yoga Toes. But what are Yoga Toes, exactly? Well, they’re a slightly flexible material shaped in a partial arc with holes in it to put your toes into. Wearing it forces your toes to stretch to a more natural position than most people’s toes are normally accustomed to, as long as you have the right size for your foot.
The idea is good in theory, at least. Stretching can help alleviate a lot of problems all over the body, as long as you can keep at it and you’re doing it correctly. That’s partially what Yoga is all about to begin with. Stretching can definitely improve your body’s health. So, why should toes be any different?
The catch is that it doesn’t seem to work for everybody. If you look closely at reviews, a solid 75% of their customers say that the Yoga Toes did everything (or mostly everything) that their manufacturer claims. However, 25% claim that they didn’t work, and that they were painful to wear day after day. If you remove people who simply bought the wrong size, that number undoubtedly goes down, but it is also very likely that the Yoga Toes just aren’t enough to fix some people’s feet.
Perhaps you should trust in more personal and in-depth reviews. One such source of information for Yoga Toes seeks to answer whether or not Yoga Toes really work, specifically with the problem of bunions. This particular review tries to be as fair as possible, and that is evidenced by the fact that she never claims that Yoga Toes cure bunions, but they do improve them, reducing their size.
Another option is to trust in the majority. Another source for Yoga Toes reviews is at viewpoints.com (specifically http://www.viewpoints.com/Yoga-Toes-Toe-Stretchers-Men-Womens-Small-Size-reviews). There are a few clear instances where Yoga Toes did not work for that person at all, but most say that it works, and works well.
One important thing to note, however, is that there are a number of imitators out there. Most of the imitators have much worse reviews than the original, though it is admittedly hard to say why exactly. The design of the product isn’t especially complicated, but perhaps too many third party manufacturers try to cut corners by not properly measuring the correct spacing to create the ideal stretch. If you’re not sure if you are looking at the originals or not, try going to yogatoes.com. You’ll find that it goes directly to another site called Yoga Pro, and by all accounts, they seem to be the original creators.