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Can you improve the flexibility of your foot?

Can you improve the flexibility of your foot?

Yes: If your foot is recovering from an injury it is best to work with a physical therapist for a proper stretching and strengthening program for your foot. ...Read more

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How do I rebuild my muscle flexibility? After my stroke 2 years ago, I now find my whole muscle system back to feet as very stiff- like stick figure.

How do I rebuild my muscle flexibility?  After my stroke 2 years ago, I now find my whole muscle system back to feet as very stiff- like stick figure.

Exercise!!: Stretching, yoga, TaiChi, conditioning, physical therapy...... You get the idea. Only very hard work will get you better, but if you do it it will get you better. Maybe not to your prior baseline, but it will help a lot. ...Read more

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I've been trying to increase ankle flexibility.Could one have less mobility because i was born with a club foot? It was taken care of early, though.

I've been trying to increase ankle flexibility.Could one have less mobility because i was born with a club foot? It was taken care of early, though.

Common problem: I find decreased ankle flexibility in more than half my patients.Some have this from very early on as a congenital shortening of the achilles tendon.Most kid activities today do not involve those that would stretch this tendon ; play gradually builds the calf muscle, aggravating the problem. Doing squats, wall pushes, dips and using bungee cords to pull the forefoot up in a figure 8 movement can help. ...Read more

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I had a sudden onset of one leg, ankle and foot swelling. It is causing pain and a loss of flexibility in the ankle. No injury, long trips or infec.

I had a sudden onset of one leg, ankle and foot swelling.  It is causing pain and a loss of flexibility in the ankle. No injury, long trips or infec.

Not debatable...: Whether or not you presently have these symptoms are had them in the past, an obvious concern is a possible blood clot. This dangerous condition can happen without a clear history of trauma, prolonged inactivity or for that matter, without any apparent reason at all. Regardless of the actual cause, the goal now is to have it evaluated immediately. Untreated, a DVT can have catastrophic effects. ...Read more

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Can poor foot/ankle flexibility cause me to think all my lower leg is weak. Nerve and muscle test clear. Podiatry cancelled me off books now still wek?

Can poor foot/ankle flexibility cause me to think all my lower leg is weak. Nerve and muscle test clear. Podiatry cancelled me off books now still wek?

Yes: If you have poor flexibility in your foot/ankle, you are likely to be trying to compensate with your legs, knees, hips and back. Try custom orthotics for stability and physical therapy, yoga and/ or pilates to improve flexibility. ...Read more

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I wore new boots that were tight, no arch support & little flexibility. My feet are in excruciating pain even after icing and tylenol (acetaminophen) for 2 days. Help?

I wore new boots that were tight, no arch support & little flexibility. My feet are in excruciating pain even after icing and tylenol (acetaminophen) for 2 days. Help?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Although is good for pain, it does nothing for the inflammation that is causing the pain. Switch to aleive or advil, (ibuprofen) barring the fact that you do not have any stomach ulcers. Make sure you eat prior to taking these meds. Continue icing and see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Can getting a good foot massage help with other parts of the body that need improving?

Can getting a good foot massage help with other parts of the body that need improving?

Eastern med says yes: Traditional Eastern medicine says that most most organ health can be accessed through the pressure points of the foot. This is a large focus of acupuncture. ...Read more

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My weight does not increase and I am very lean. My height is 5 feet 8 inches and weight is just 50 kg. How can I improve weight?

My weight does not increase and I am very lean. My height is 5 feet 8 inches and weight is just 50 kg. How can I improve weight?

Diet and muscle mass: To gain weight you have to consume more calories than you are burning. Do this in a healthy way though. Don't choose junk or fast food. Keep a well balanced diet and make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need. Don't cut out exercise as it is very good for you. Weight lifting and other muscle building exercises can help you increase your body mass. ...Read more

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Can cleaning your feet improve your health?

Can cleaning your feet improve your health?

Yes: Proper cleaning and hygiene eliminate accumulation of unnecessary bacteria and prevent infection. ...Read more

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What should I do to improve the circulation in my feet?

What should I do to improve the circulation in my feet?

Get them checked: With or without symptoms? I ask that because in general, a 33 year old should have good circulation. If you are concerned, ask your pcp about non-invasive vascular screening tests - like dopplers. Before trying to improve something, make sure you know what kind of flow you have. Dopplers are ultrasounds that check circulation flow in the arteries and veins. ...Read more