Case Study: Fix Hammertoe with the Toe Corrector

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Having healthy feet is often taken for granted until something begins to go awry. In this session, Lori brilliantly explains how a simple tool used a few minutes a week can quickly reverse what might otherwise seem an unstoppable process. When they first met, Lori’s client Diane had toes that were beginning to curl under and showed the early signs of becoming Hammertoe. Using the Pilates Toe Tensometer (also known as the Toe Corrector), Lori here shows how to work the Transverse arch (the ball of the foot) in order to bring strength combined with flexibility back to the fine muscles of the feet. Diane always begins her lessons with this specific, yet brief work to help open and connect her feet and she immediately notices the changes. As her feet have become stronger and more flexible, they have also begun to relax and she notices that they don’t cramp in exercises that used to create terrible spasms. In other exercises, Diane now notices that she has a feeling of more reach through her legs and newfound strength. So can you! Filmed at Atlas Pilates, Lower Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle WA.

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  1. Deborah Watson 5 years ago

    hi Lori,
    excellent description….how do you establish if a client has sufficient hamstring length to sit up right? Do you use thier uprightness on the bottom of the pelvis bones? does your client do this as homework..if so how often?

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 5 years ago

      Hi Deborah. Yes, I see if they can be comfortable sitting up on their ischial tuberosities (pelvic sitting bones). I also look at the back to see if it’s upright because I don’t want the lumbar spine hanging back. I can usually look at their faces to see how much effort they are putting in to sitting up, and if it’s too much suffering or distraction we change position. Sitting on the Cadillac with legs long, below level on the floor, is a good position too. Or sitting on the Cadillac with the heels off the edge, a little below level can be good. Sometimes that’s just enough ease in the hamstrings to sit up.

      This client is now a teacher and she does a lot of homework 🙂
      I think that if someone is really after a change that it’s best to do a little homework every day. Not as a chore, but because they are interested and excited.

  2. Siri Dharma Galliano

    Can you work on my feet please?

  3. Lori Coleman-Brown
    Lori Coleman-Brown 6 years ago

    Hi Lauren, thank you for asking such a great question! The short answer is that she is pulling the spring from upstream in her hips and powerhouse and using the apparatus to assist her to spread her metatarsals and elongate her toe tendons. My primary objective here is to break the claw pattern which you can see really well when she first sits and I place the apparatus on her toes. I do want her to be able to pull on the spring with her toes a little but right now that only worsens her claws.

    It’s always hard for me to sleep after filming these classes because there’s so much to do and say! I’ve been filming people who I think really need the exercises because I think it’s valuable to see people in process, not always peak performance (which of course is great too).

    While I’m clicking away here, let me clarify my statement at the end when I traced the transverse arches. I demonstrated the top of the shape. From the bottom, it looks more like an m, with the low parts under the balls of the big and little toes and the higher parts under the 2nd, 3rd and 4th metatarsal heads.

  4. I was just curious to know why the client did not activate the spring while working on the toe exerciser?

  5. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! 😉 hug from Ibiza, Spain

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