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Gentle Exercises for Ankle Arthritis

Ankle arthritis can be a debilitating condition, causing pain and limiting mobility. However, incorporating specific exercises into your routine can help alleviate discomfort and improve joint function. Ankle circles are a simple yet effective exercise to enhance joint mobility. Sit with your legs extended, and rotate your ankles in clockwise and counterclockwise circles. Calf stretches can also be beneficial and are done by standing facing a wall, placing one foot forward, and leaning into the wall while keeping the back leg straight. This stretches the calf muscles and reduces stiffness. Resistance band exercises, like dorsiflexion and plantarflexion, help strengthen the ankle muscles and promote stability. Toe taps and heel raises are also effective exercises that can enhance the range of motion and build muscle strength. If you have ankle arthritis, and are interested in learning about additional exercises that may bring relief, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.


Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Granite State Podiatry Associates. Our doctors 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 our offices located in Manchester and Bedford, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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