Medicine: The Yoga Ailment

Most of yoga's devotees feel that the putative rewards of the exercises are worth the effort. Others may get something less than nirvana for their troubles. Dr. Joseph Chusid, a neurologist, told the A.M.A. Journal that sitting on the heels can damage the lower leg's peroneal nerve and lead to a complaint that he calls yoga foot drop.

This condition came to Chusid's attention when he was called on to treat a 22-year-old college student who had been experiencing increasing difficulty walking, running and climbing stairs. An examination failed to uncover the origin of the student's inability to control a drooping tendency...

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