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many people suffer from foot and ankle pain unnecessarily.

~ Dr. Phil Pinsker


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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 02, 2018
Category: Arthritis
Tags: arthritis   Custom Orthotics  

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we treat many patients with various forms of arthritis. One key component to pain relief and maintaining healthy joints is exercise. In fact, other than medication, exercise is the most effective way to increase movement and decrease pain for patients with osteoarthritis—the most common type. But what kinds of exercise should you do if you suffer from joint disease? Strive for an exercise program that combines aerobic conditioning, strength training and stretching. This is ideal for reducing arthritis symptoms and improving your overall fitness and health. As with all fitness activities, you should first get your doctor’s approval and also learn how to do the exercise safely and properly.

Aerobic Conditioning—this type of exercise gets your heart pumping through a high level of exertion (although you should not become so winded that it is difficult to breathe or carry on a conversation). This will improve your metabolism, increase oxygen in your blood and can also decrease inflammation. It will also burn calories, which can help control your weight. Maintaining an appropriate weight greatly reduces strain on the joints. Good aerobic activities if you have arthritis include aquatic exercises like swimming or walking and biking. Avoid high-impact activities.

Strength Training—the goal here is to build strong muscles which, in turn, help support bones and keep them properly positioned to increase the stability of your joints. Weight-bearing activities are best for increasing muscle strength. Try lifting light weights (or even soup cans), resistance bands or Pilates. Focus on proper form and controlled movements.

Stretching and Flexibility Workouts—joint stiffness can be reduced, and range of motion increased through stretching and flexibility training. Stretching is also a good way to lower the risk of injury while exercising. You can do a program such as tai chi or yoga or simply do basic shoulder, neck, hamstring and toe touch stretches.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker can also help you minimize arthritis symptoms with treatments specifically for your feet, ankles, and toes and by fitting you with custom orthotics which will correct biomechanical issues and take pressure off sore areas. To learn more, contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410.