Anyone else get very stiff in the ankles? Suggestions welcome!!

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   Posted 4/11/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm very stiff in both ankles.  I think much of it is the damp coolness at this time of year here in Minnesota.
I'm on both Flexeril and Neurontin and they help, but I'm trying to find a way to help the stiffness without medication, if possible.  Any suggestions?
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   Posted 4/11/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Good question Luv,

I'll keep an eye on this thread.  I have the same problem.

Thanks for posting it!!

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   Posted 4/11/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   

I would search for stretches for your ankles/feet on the computer.  The foot doctor that I went to before emphasized doing foot stretches daily.  I do some in my yoga practice and it does help.  Good luck!



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   Posted 4/11/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   

The ankle circles and foot pumps in the great stretching exercises in Fibro 101 help me.


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   Posted 4/11/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I do the hang your heel off a step exercise. That helps the most.

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   Posted 4/11/2009 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I get a lot of relief from the ankle circles and foot pumps, too. Haven't tried hanging the heel off a step, but that sounds like it might be helpful.
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   Posted 4/12/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone!
Sherrine:  Those exercises are wonderful.  I just copied them and will try not to lose them!!
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   Posted 4/12/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
In addition to the stretch on a step (and the Flexeril and Gabapentin!) I started rolling my feet on top of a tennis ball. That helps a lot. I get really stiff ankles and feet.

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   Posted 4/12/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I hadn't heard of that exercise, Littleneck.  I'll give it a try! :-)

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   Posted 4/12/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
If there is a Pool you can use that is heated high enough it won't bother your Fibro, pool walking does a pretty good job of loosening up everything from the ankles up to the hips. I think the resistance is good for the upper body also. When I pool walked I felt loose as a goose the rest of the day. Wear some of those rubber shoes though to protect the bottom of your feet.

Not all that useful of a suggestion since probably everyone with Fibro that can make use of a pool like that should be, but best I can come up with.
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