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Pain at top of foot any sitting poses

 
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Mjsanderson



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:52 pm    Post subject: Pain at top of foot any sitting poses Reply with quote

Hello all.

I'd really appreciate it if anyone could share their expertise in solving a problem I have. I really struggle with sitting poses which I understand is common, being a man. However, the pain comes from the top of my foot, just after the ankle meets the foot. I have researched foot anatomy and I think it is called the inferior extensor retinaculum

I would like to loosen my hips/pelvis and be able to be comfortable in sitting down poses ( sitting crossed legs, child's pose, any poses which involves being at ground level ) but this pain in my foot prevents me from practicing for any longer than a minute!
I feel it is preventing me from advancing in classes, as I am fairly competent at standing, bending and twisting poses but any asanas that involve sitting, I point blank cannot do!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Very Happy Michael[/i]
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Bernie



Joined: 23 Sep 2006
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Location: Vancouver

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Michael

Welcome to the Forum and thanks for your questions. Am I right to assume the sitting postures are a problem when you plantarflex your foot (point the toes away from the shin) rather than dorsiflex the foot (pull the toes towards the shin)? The two movements are quite distinct and have different causes of problems when they cant be done comfortably. What sensations are you feeling? Can you describe them? Does it feel like a tugging, stretching, electrical, tingling, spread out or concentrated, deep or superficial, any temperature quality (hot, burning or cold), etc? What about your history: have you ever damaged the foot? How long have you had these problems?

If you can give us a bit more to go on, we might be able to make some suggestions of things you can try.

Cheers
Bernie

ps - in my most recent book, Your Body, Your Yoga, I have a whole chapter on the foot and ankle. You might find it useful in building your own understanding of what is happening there.
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