Foot exercises for RA

If your feet hurt, nothing feels good! And if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), foot problems often follow. In fact, about 90% of people with RA eventually develop foot or ankle symptoms. One of the best ways to fight back against pain is to keep the joints in your feet active and moving.

All of the following exercises can be done to music. So crank up your iPod or pop in a lively CD and do this exercise series twice a day, morning and evening—the entire workout only takes 5 minutes! You can perform the moves seated or standing.

Heel tap

Place your right foot on the floor. Lift your heel off the floor. Tap your heel up and down 20 times.
Switch to your left foot.

Heal Toe 1 Heal Toe 1 Heal Toe 2


Be sure to check with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise regimen, and remember to only
do the exercises to tolerance—do not do too much at once.

These exercises were designed by Marnie-Laatz-Dominy, MS, an exercise physiologist, author, weight loss coach and fitness instructor in Seattle, Washington. The exercises have been reviewed by Sherry Backus, PT, DPT, MA, clinical supervisor in the Department of Rehabilitation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Updated November 2012

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