Yoga has caught on big-time in the United States, and maybe you consider yourself somewhat of a yogi. Yoga is beneficial for many reasons, so why not give your feet the benefit of yoga, as well? You may know that having diabetes means that paying careful attention to and taking care of your feet is extremely important. Diabetes can put you at risk for damage to blood vessels and nerves in the feet; left untreated, this damage can cause loss of sensation, reduced blood flow, infection, and, in extreme cases, amputation. Having diabetes can also put you at risk for milder but still uncomfortable or painful foot conditions, including bunions, hammer toes, and plantar fasciitis.
To keep your feet in tip-top shape, consider using YogaToes GEMS. YogaToes GEMS can help restore your feet to a more natural form and function by gently stretching your toes, stimulating circulation, and relieving foot fatigue. YogaToes GEMS have an open top frame, which means that you can adjust the separator posts to a position that is more comfortable for you. They come in one size that can fit a wide range of foot sizes, and they’re made from a medical-grade gel that is hypoallergenic and free from a number of toxins, including parabens, PCBs, lead, and formaldehyde. If you suffer from bunions, hammer toes, overlapping toes, or plantar fasciitis, using YogaToes GEMS can help stretch and strengthen the muscles in your feet, providing relief. Pop these on at the end of a long day on your feet — your tootsies will thank you! (And of course, if you have any of these or other foot issues, always check with your foot doctor first to determine the best course of treatment for your condition.)
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Amy Campbell: Amy Campbell is the author of Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning and a frequent contributor to Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes & You. She has co-authored several books, including the The Joslin Guide to Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association’s 16 Myths of a “Diabetic Diet,” for which she received a Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication and a National Health Information Award in 2000. Amy also developed menus for Fit Not Fat at Forty Plus and co-authored Eat Carbs, Lose Weight with fitness expert Denise Austin. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College and a master’s degree in nutrition education from Boston University. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Amy was formerly a Diabetes and Nutrition Educator at Joslin Diabetes Center, where she was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of disease management programs, including clinical guideline and educational material development, and the development, testing, and implementation of disease management applications. She is currently the Director of Clinical Education Content Development and Training at Good Measures. Amy has developed and conducted training sessions for various disease and case management programs and is a frequent presenter at disease management events.
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