I’d love some assistance figuring out adjustments for Warrior and Crescent, because my teacher has been no help at all and I’m getting really frustrated.
Every time I do lunge poses where the back foot is at an angle, I get excruciating pain in the ball of my foot. It’s frequently so painful that my foot cramps up and I have to get out of the pose, and afterwards my feet are useless for balance poses, which is a problem since we usually do them early in class.
The pain is in the ball of my foot, not the toes, not the arch, not the ankle. I’ve asked my teacher for guidance on this about a dozen times now, and every time it seems like she only half listens to me and tosses out advice for what she assumes the problem is, like “eat more bananas” (it’s not a lactic acid muscle cramp, it’s a cramp caused by the horrible pain) or “stretch out your arches with a therapy ball” (my arches don’t hurt, the ball of my foot hurts). Basically no matter how hard I focus in rooting through all four corners of my foot, I can’t get the pressure off the ball of my foot. My best guess is it’s a lateral ankle flexibility issue, which I’m working on, but in the meantime I’d love some suggestions for how to modify the pose, because the last advice I got from my teacher was “skip lunges I guess” and sometimes that would have me sitting out half the class.