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Are there any stretching exercises I can do to help my ankle arthritis?

Are there any stretching exercises I can do to help my ankle arthritis?

Yes: Arthritis in any joint should be exercised primarily through stretching or "range of motion" exercises. For the ankle, i encourage patients to improve their range of motion by dorsi-flexing (toes towards you) and plantar-flexing (toes pointing away from you.) additionally, making clockwise and counter-clockwise circles with your toes also helps. Remember, "motion is lotion." always keep moving! ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What are signs of ankle arthritis?

What are signs of ankle arthritis?

Pain/stiffness: On ankle range of motion: especially after rest. May be some swelling and probably limited range of motion. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is ankle arthritis?

What sort of problem is ankle arthritis?

Degenerative : Ankle arthritis is degeneration of the cartilage (the smooth gliding surface of the joint) in the ankle. This can happens because of traumatic injury, longstanding instability, rheumatoid or other autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Any home remedies to relieve ankle arthritis?

Any home remedies to relieve ankle arthritis?

Relieve Ankle Pain: Warm moist heat gentle ranging of motion topicals antiinflammatories all may help. Use an ankle brace and even sleep in the brace. See your physician for xrays and further evaluation and addtl reccs. ...Read more

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What are the core symptoms of ankle arthritis?

What are the core symptoms of ankle arthritis?

Pain: Arthritic ankles are usually painful, swollen and may develop stiffness or loss of motion. Sometimes they "lock" pop or feel notable. Often symptoms are aggravated by weight bearing. ...Read more

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How does having ankle arthritis change things?

Compensation: Your body compensates for the ankle pain by changing where the major of force impacts the ankle joint, which leads to further joint destruction over time in the foot joints. You also have different pressure points (a change in normal pressure locations) in the ankle joint which causes further arthritis to develop within the ankle. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I am experiencing ankle arthritis?

How can I tell if I am experiencing ankle arthritis?

Symptoms: Like pain while walking or placing the ankle thru range of motion, or possibly swelling to the region. There are generally 2 types of arthritis inflammatory and degenerative. So, if symptomatic you should visit the doctor who may decide to order an x-ray or possibly an MRI to figure out exactly whats wrong and to formulate a treatment plan for you.... ...Read more

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Dr. Kirt Kimball
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Ankle Arthritis (Definition)

The most common type of arthritis that occurs specifically in the ankle is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. It happens as people get older and as inflammation to the joint in the ankle causes a breakdown of the tissues. This ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more