I use the yoga gloves and yoga toe socks. I tend to slide around more than I feel comfy with if I don't and I don't have a vigorous yoga practice. I do find that in some poses I slip some inside the socks but I think that is because they are a bit big on me.(smallest size I could find) I don't have the toe problem mentioned but I do wear the socks. They were a bit for me to get used to at first. My feet don't seem to like toe socks. I think my next pair will not be the toe version.
Hmm...I use a yoga towel and still the toe story. I, too, worried that perhaps I was dragging my toes in rigorous sun salutations, that I ought to be more aware of my feet. I'm sure increased awareness is always good but I can't say that it stopped my toe problem. One day, it did stop. I don't know why. It has made minor reappearances since but nothing like it was in the beginning.
Wow - I am at least relieved to hear that someone else here has experienced this... though, I am sorry for your pain! I showed my toes to my teacher, and she looked a little shocked... had never seen it before. Her suggestion was that I get a yoga towel to practice on to absorb some sweat.
For tomorrow, I am just going to tape my toes and try to be conscious of how my feet are interacting with the floor. Try to be careful in placing my feet gently and to not put too much pressure (or sliding forces) on my toes. I'll let you know how it goes, and I'll let you know if I come up with any better solutions!
Oh Kelly, I've had that exact same thing! I returned to my yoga practice late last September. I practice a hot power vinyasa flow yoga. I thought the toe thing would never end! I thought maybe after some practice it would go away. It kinda did but now and then I get it again although not as bad as in the beginning. I looked for other cut up big toes in my class but not a one was to be seen. For some reason, I never asked my teachers about it. You are the first to have named it. I feel so validated and less alone:) All I can say is that eventually it passed for me but at the time I thought it would never go away. So painful it was! Hang in there and if you find any solutions or successful treatments, I would be most interested.
Hey everyone! I went to a particularly rigorous vinyasa class yesterday, and came away with both big toe calluses popped off back by the joint. OUCH! I thought I had stepped on glass or something mid-class. A quick google search calls this "ashtanga toe" http://yogaworkshop.com/ashtanga-toe/
I've practiced yoga for years, and never had this happen. Plus I don't do the normal "jump back" into high plank of ashtanga (it's too jarring for me). So I'm not sure why this happened.... maybe I was slipping too much in my sweat? Maybe my mat is too old? Maybe I have some kind of nutritional imbalance?? (one website I went to talked about a too acidic body chemistry from too many beans and grains - a staple of my diet - causing this).....
Anyway, I just wanted to shoot this out there to see if anyone has: 1) experience on how I can heal my poor painful toes, or (more importantly) 2) how I can avoid ever having this again.
I'm gonna try taping my toes for tomorrows class - but I'm not sure how successful this will be.
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