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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)

A condition where there 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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Arthritis ankles and I use exercise pedal machines. Do they cause more swelling?

Arthritis ankles and I use exercise pedal machines. Do they cause more swelling?

You should be able: To answer this one on your own. Use them...Observe...If you notice increased swelling afterwards then the answer is yes... ...Read more

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I have a artificial knee my other knee has arthritis & need to get my big toe fused what kind of exercises can I do that won't cause too much pain?

I have a artificial knee my other knee has arthritis & need to get my big toe fused what kind of exercises can I do that won't cause too much pain?

No impact activities: Both artificial joints and arthritic joint cannot tolerate impact. Impact activities include anything with running & jumping. Low impact activities include bike riding, swimming, water aerobics, walking, elliptical machines, etc. I would anticipate that the knees would not tolerate lots of squatting and bending. Similarly, any activity that causes the big toe to bend up will likely cause pain. ...Read more

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I have arthritis in my right ankle due to hardware installed after a bad fracture. I need to exercise. Help!

I have arthritis in my right ankle due to hardware installed after a bad fracture.  I need to exercise.  Help!

Low impact: Post traumatic arthritis is very common after a bad ankle fracture (not the metal). Some people take an anti-imfamatory medicine (aspirin) 40 minutes before exercising then do low impact exercising (e.g. Cycling , water exercise ) . Then icing down after the activity to decrease the pain and swelling. See orthopedist to see if injections or surgery may help. Ankle arthritis treatment is evolving. ...Read more

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I get painful joints in my foot just by walking. How do I fix this?

I get painful joints in my foot just by walking. How do I fix this?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Had painful sensations in arm, muscle twitches in arms, legs and face and having lately painful joints, feet and leg muscles. Is this a nerve problem?

Had painful sensations in arm, muscle twitches in arms, legs and face and having lately painful joints, feet and leg muscles. Is this a nerve problem?

It could be, or more: Your guess is pretty reasonable, but it could also represent a metabolic or central nervous system issue. Medicines you take could also be a contributing factor. See your family doc to be sure.. ...Read more

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Arthritis of the arch, why is that?

Arthritis of the arch, why is that?

Yes: The bones in the midpart of the the arch have a lot of stress and friction depending on the type of foot structure you have, and over time this leads to arthritis. I higly recommend orthotics (shoe inserts). ...Read more

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How can I fix bowed ankle due to arthritis?

How can I fix bowed ankle due to arthritis?

See details: See an orthopedist, get the ankle evaluated and then find out what the options are and which one is best for you. ...Read more

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How to know if I have arthritis in my ankle?

How to know if I have arthritis in my ankle?

Pain/stiffness: On ankle range of motion: especially after rest. May be some swelling and probably limited range of motion. If sever or persitent, see foot/ankle specilaist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What can be done to ease arthritis in my ankle?

Many things: Ankle arthritis is treated with activity modifications, anti-inflammatories, bracing, occasional steroid injections, and, as a last resort, surgery. ...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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Could I get arthritis from turf toe?

Could I get arthritis from turf toe?

UNLIKELY: Turf toe usually is a singular event and will heal without long lasting problems. If you injure the toe recurrently there is a chance of arthritis developing many years later but you would have had to chronically and repeatedly hurt the toe. ...Read more

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How common is ?Arthritis in the ankle?

How common is ?Arthritis in the ankle?

Common in Atheletes: I see a lot of atheletes thst tend to develop arthritis in the ankle from repeted trauma and injury from sports like basketball, soccer, football and running. ...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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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