Gout and bunions can cause similar symptoms, which may include pain in the big toe joint. However, healthcare professionals use different treatments for the two conditions.
Ballet flat shoes—those thin-heeled lightweight slip-on shoes—are making a fashion comeback. And it's not hard to see why: they're versatile, easy to wear, soft, flexible and often worn by celebrities.
Although you might not think about them often, your ankles are very important to your ability to move. Ankle dorsiflexion is an important movement for efficient walking and running, balance, and sports performance. Stretching and strengthening exercises can be helpful in improving dorsiflexion and will be discussed in this article.
If you stand or are on your feet for the majority of the day, these exercises will give your muscles some much-needed relief.
A sprained foot happens when the ligaments that connect your foot bones stretch or tear. This injury often occurs during sports activities when the foot is planted on the ground but the body twists.1 Sprains range in severity and are treated based on the extent of tissue damage.
Though walking is a very low-impact, low-risk activity, you still want to make sure you’re using the proper form to avoid any potential injuries.
Given the importance of the Achilles tendon, stretching and strengthening of the tendon and surrounding calf muscles are crucial for both the prevention of injuries and during the rehab process.
Chronic tendon issues are a frequent source of pain and can limit activity. They become more common with age, weight and certain activities, and early and appropriate diagnosis by a doctor is critical to get the best outcomes.
While it’s important to address treatment needs with your doctor first, “stretching can help maintain joint mobility and reduce stiffness and pain associated with RA,” says Nicola Banger, a physical therapist who works with RA patients at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Muscle weakness caused by stroke, cerebral palsy, and other conditions (especially injuries) can lead to plantar flexion weakness.1 You can rebuild strength and range of motion over time by practicing stretches and plantar flexion exercises.