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Exercises and Stretches to Soothe Foot Arthritis

Foot arthritis, a condition that affects countless individuals, can bring about discomfort and limit mobility. While seeking medical advice is important, incorporating targeted exercises and stretches into your routine can provide welcome relief. Gentle toe flexion and extension exercises can help to maintain flexibility and reduce stiffness in the joints. Rolling a tennis ball under the arches and heels can alleviate tension and promote circulation. Calf stretches not only ease tightness but also support the ankle joints. Ankle circles and alphabet exercises improve joint mobility and strengthen surrounding muscles. Plantar fascia stretches, such as the towel stretch, specifically target the connective tissue at the sole. It is beneficial to perform these exercises under supervision and adapt to your comfort level. Combined with proper medical care, these exercises can be valuable tools in managing foot arthritis and enhancing your overall quality of life. If you have arthritis in your feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with additional relief and treatment options.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Lehigh Ave and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Collegeville Darby, and Langhorne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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