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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Ways to Ease Arthritis Foot Pain

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  • Everydayhealth.com suggests trying these strategies to better manage arthritis in your feet:
     
    See Your Doctor
     
    If you have (or suspect you have) foot arthritis, have your feet checked by a rheumatologist or podiatrist at least once a year, Dennis Frisch, DPM, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based podiatrist. says. “We recommend yearly visits to be sure there aren’t any changes in your feet and to see whether any devices you may have been given, such as braces or orthotics, are working appropriately. And if you’re having pain, don’t wait for your yearly visit. See your doctor right away.”
     
    Stretch Your Achilles Tendons
     
    You probably don’t think about getting your feet in shape the way you do your stomach or your thighs. But exercising your feet can help increase your flexibility and mobility, important when you have arthritis. Good exercises involve stretching your Achilles tendon (the cord at the back of your heel) as well as the tendons in the balls of your feet and toes. A good exercise for arthritic feet can be as simple as wiggling your toes. Frisch has his patients use the TV as an exercise aid. “When a commercial comes on, use that time to wiggle,” he says. Just don’t overdo: “Stretching is good to help joint mobility, but don’t do it to the point where you’re hurting yourself.”

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