Pain and cramping in the legs and feet are common and unpleasant for people with Parkinson’s disease. Prop up your feet, relax, and enjoy some of these of ways to care for your tired feet and get some relief!
Start from a seated position and squeeze your fingers in between toes with and without shift weighting from foot to foot.
Kneeling or child’s pose stretch with toes tucked under- Not good if you have knee problems.
Manually stretch your toes back one at a time. Also do isometric toe presses one at a time using your fingers as resistance for 10 seconds each.
Toes up a wall/ step
Foam roller or rolling pin
Epsom salt soaks in a warm tub
Hydrate- drink plenty of water
Ask your doctor about supplementing with magnesium, B12, and to address any lower leg or foot swelling
Foot massages – manual or machines
Pedicures- Bring your spouse, friends, and even your own bottle of wine while your feet get pampered. Don’t forget, you’ll be sitting in a reclining massage chair, so you can relax from head to toe.
Always seek professional advice from a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. This blog post is not intended to serve as a substitute for medical diagnostics or treatments. Consult your physician before trying any new products or exercises.
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