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Foot Exercises for Arthritis Pain Relief

Arthritis is a common condition characterized by joint inflammation and can significantly impact the feet, leading to stiffness and pain. Incorporating specific foot exercises into your daily routine can help alleviate arthritis-related discomfort and improve mobility. One effective exercise is ankle circles, where you gently rotate your ankles clockwise and counter-clockwise. This helps maintain joint flexibility and reduces stiffness. Toe stretches are also beneficial. Gradually stretch your toes apart, then squeeze them together. This exercise can alleviate tension and improve toe dexterity. Rolling a tennis ball or a frozen water bottle under your foot can provide a soothing massage and help relieve tension in the arches and heels. Additionally, toe taps involve tapping your toes rapidly while seated. This exercise improves blood circulation, which can reduce pain and inflammation. Calf stretches can alleviate tension in the Achilles tendon and calf muscles. These are done by standing facing a wall, while placing your hands on it, and stepping one foot back, keeping it straight while bending the front knee. Switching sides can be done after holding for several seconds. Incorporating these exercises into your daily routine can promote foot health and provide relief from arthritis-related pain. If you suffer from foot arthritis, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can ensure the exercises you are doing are safe and tailored to your needs.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners 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 Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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