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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 Dr. Jeffrey Lerner from Palm Beach Podiatric Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.


  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wellington and Boca Raton, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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