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Exercise to Help with Foot ArthritisIf you have ever felt alone living with arthritis, we want you to know that you are in good company! Celebrities such as actress Kathleen Turner, golfer Phil Mickelson, basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, and gold medal figure skater Dorothy Hamill have each shared how arthritis has affected their lives. It is a common condition that affects around 2 million Americans. It doesn’t mean you can’t be active, though; you just need to choose exercise for arthritis that doesn’t jar your body.

Arthritis attacks your joints; causing inflammation and swelling as cartilage is worn down and bones end up rubbing against each other. Depending on the type of arthritis you have, your symptoms may come and go or become aggravated with different activities. For those who like to be active, it may be necessary to switch to low-impact exercises in order to protect joints from further damage and pain.

Exercise is still important as it strengthens the muscles around your joints, but gentle range-of-motion exercises will be the most suitable. Low-impact aerobics, strength training, swimming, walking, and cycling are all safe activities that will improve your overall fitness and cardiovascular health while going easy on your joints. Yoga and tai chi are two other options that may be helpful, but it is suggested to get your doctor’s approval just to be safe. Be sure to go slowly, move gently, and limit the time and intensity of exercise if you haven’t been active for a while. If joint pain persists after exercising, check with your physician to see if something serious may be going on. Also, check to see if there may be an arthritis group in your community. A group of people who can relate your condition can encourage you and help you to stay active.

If arthritis is affecting your foot and ankle health, we are here to help. Contact Dr. Philip Pinsker for diagnosis and effective treatment options. Call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 or request an appointment online.

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