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Stretches May Help Arthritic Feet

Patients who have arthritis in their feet may benefit from performing specific exercises. It is beneficial to practice each stretch slowly, and stop if any pain is felt. A calf stretch is done by standing on a book that is a few inches away from the wall. A gentle stretch is generally felt while leaning against the wall with straight knees. This can help the calves, heels, and Achilles tendon to become stronger. Mild relief may be felt when the big toe is stretched. This is accomplished by sitting in a chair and crossing one foot over the opposite knee. When the heel is grasped with one hand, the toe is pulled back toward the ankle with the other hand. It is beneficial to hold the stretch for approximately 30 seconds, which is felt on the sole of the foot. If you have arthritis in your feet, there are several exercises and stretches that may help to bring relief. Please consult with a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Bangor Podiatry. 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 Bangor, Brodheadsville, and Bethlehem, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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