Exercises to Treat Curled Toes after Stroke

Exercises to Treat Curled Toes after Stroke

Curled toes after stroke can be a painful and often stubborn stroke side effect to get rid of.

You can try treating curled toes with AFO’s or Botox, but those solutions only treat the symptom. The underlying problem will still remain: spasticity.

By curing the spasticity in your foot, your toes will finally relax – permanently. And the only way to cure spasticity is to retrain your brain to control the spastic muscles. This can be achieved through repetitious rehab exercises, like the ones listed below.

1. Toe Taps

From a seated or standing position with your feet flat on the floor, attempt to raise all your toes up off the ground and then place them back down. Repeat 10 times.

It’s okay if you can’t move your toes very much yet. As long as you attempt to make the movement, you will initiate healing in the brain.

How to make it harder:

After you lift your toes up, lower them down one at a time starting with your pinky toe and ending with your big toe. (Don’t worry – this is tricky for everyone.)

2. Floor Grips

Although you probably don’t like the idea of curling your toes even more, using those muscles will help you regain control of them.

So, with your feet flat on the floor, attempt to grip the floor by curling your toes, and then release as best you can. Repeat 10 times.

How to make it harder:

Place a towel underneath your feet and attempt to grab the towel with your toes.

3. Finger Squeezes

Cross your foot over your knee and place a finger in between your big and second toes. Then, squeeze your toes together to pinch your finger as hard as you can (without hurting yourself, of course). Release, and repeat 10 times.

How to make it harder:

Try putting one finger between each of your toes.

4. Toe Extensor Strengthening

Cross your foot over your knee so that you’re sitting cross-legged. Then, place a resistance band around the top of your foot to pull your toes back toward your body. (See this video for help.)

Then, use your foot to push the resistance band away from your body. Return to center and repeat 10 times.

This will be very difficult in the beginning, so remember: as long as you attempt to make the movement, you’re stimulating healing in the brain.

How to make it harder:

Use a thicker resistance band 🙂

Have you tried any of these exercises?

Do you have any exercises of your own?

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  • Bernice Barnes

    I work endlessly on range of motion with my husband. He now had movement in the leg but not so much the foot. He was born with only one hand and unfortunately the stroke has affected his good side. I want to do anything and everything to help