Foot arthritis, a condition marked by inflammation of the joints, can be challenging, but incorporating targeted exercises into your routine can offer relief and improve mobility. Toe taps, where you gently tap your toes on the floor, promote flexibility and circulation in the joints. Ankle circles, rotating your ankles in both directions, can help to maintain joint mobility. Towel curls involve scrunching a towel with your toes, which can strengthen the muscles in your feet. Toe stretches, where you use your hands to gently stretch your toes, can alleviate tension. Additionally, calf stretches and heel raises contribute to overall foot strength and stability. Water exercises, such as gentle swimming or water aerobics, provide a low-impact yet effective workout. It is important to be consistent as these gentle exercises can play a significant role in managing foot arthritis, fostering flexibility, and enhancing the overall well-being of your feet. If you would like to learn about additional stretches that can help foot arthritis, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.
Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. 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 Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.