Today’s Healthy Feet Tip is a little tricky because a person’s toes often reside in places that are considered properly aligned. Consider bunions for a moment. When a bunion forms, it pulls the big toe over (toward the pinkie toe). This movement brings the big toe out of proper alignment.
So when we talk about walking with our toes forward or keeping our feet parallel (Healthy Feet Tip #7), you really need to look beyond the toes toward the outer edges of your feet. When you get the outer edge of the foot in, it will bring the toes forward, which will allow you to walk with the toes truly forward in correct alignment.
How do you align the outer edge of your foot? You start by drawing a line from the little bone at the base of your pinkie back toward your ankle. Then you draw a line from the outside of your ankle straight down. Where these two points intersect is where you need to place your heel. Check out the image below. My heels actually need to turn out more to bring my feet into proper alignment. It may look like my toes are forward, but they really aren’t.
This is a difficult healthy foot tip. It is one I have been working on for the last three years, basically since I became a Healthy Foot Practitioner. This tip takes patience and perseverance.
The video below shares in more detail how to align the feet properly. I shared this information recently to over 100 people who are going through the Master Holy Yoga Instructor Training.