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Stretches for Arthritis PainOne of the best things about the summer season is the wonderful food and homemade items to be found at your local farmer’s market. The Main Street Farmer’s Market in Washington, PA is every Thursday until October. If joint pain is keeping you from enjoying a browse through the market, perhaps some stretches for arthritis relief will help get you moving again.

When you have arthritic joint pain, it may be tempting to sit in a chair and not move at all, but exercise can actually improve your arthritis symptoms. It strengthens your bones and cartilage, keeps muscles and joints flexible, reduces stiffness, and strengthens muscles that support your joints. Not all exercises may be appropriate, so monitor your health and pain as you try them. The following are some easy stretches that can help manage pain in your feet and ankles. You can do them everyday while you are home relaxing or watching TV.

First, try a toe pull. Put a rubber band around all of your toes—one that offers some resistance but isn‘t too tight. Spread your toes as wide as you can against the band and hold for five seconds. Repeat ten times with each foot. Second, with your feet next to each other, loop the rubber band around both of your big toes. You may need a slightly smaller band for this one. Try to pull each big toe away from the other and towards the little toes. An Achilles stretch can also help keep feet strong and flexible. Face a wall with one foot forward and the other farther back. Lean into the wall while keeping your heels firmly planted on the ground. Hold for ten seconds and repeat a few times.  At the end, do some circles with your feet to loosen the arches, and rock your feet back and forth on the floor from heel to toe.

If these stretches fail to provide relief, we have other treatment methods to help relieve your symptoms. Contact Philip S. Pinsker by calling our Washington, PA office at (724) 225-7410 for an appointment.

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