Exercises for Foot and Ankle Arthritis

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May is Arthritis Awareness Month and because your feet and ankles are a common place to get arthritis, I put together these two videos.  Both are easy exercises for foot and ankle arthritis but can also be used to support foot and joint health in general.

This first exercise is great for your arches, but can be intense so ‘exercise’ caution.  If it’s too hard to get on and off the floor, this exercise can also be done in a chair.  Take your foot to the outside edge of the chair leg and press down on the tips of your toes with your heel in the air.  Then put the top of the toes/foot on the floor and press gently down.  Repeat with the other foot.


 This exercise can be a great mid day break to reconnect with your body too.  Asymmetrical movements help us strengthen our brain/body connection.  They also take so much concentration it’s hard to think about anything else.

As I stress in the video below, make sure this doesn’t strain any joints.  Keep everything in a comfortable range of motion for yourself.

If you liked these exercises for foot and ankle arthritis, watch my videos for hand arthritis.

Also, read my article on Aqua Yoga for Arthritis.

As a yoga teacher who lives with arthritis, I specialize in helping people reduce pain and thrive with yoga despite arthritis.  If you’d like to work with me, visit HERE for information about private sessions and public classes.

Woman doing Exercises for Foot and Ankle Arthritis in a chair


I'm a yoga teacher who specializes in making yoga accessible in the pool and on land. I also train and coach other yoga and aquatics professionals in aqua yoga. My teaching style is engaging, responsive, and fun. 

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