There are always conditions in which certain types of exercises should be avoided. For example, we wouldn’t recommend you start training for a 5K race if you suffer from stiff and painful joints. However, exercising with arthritis can actually be helpful in relieving joint pain if it is done correctly.
By correctly we mean starting slowly and limiting it to low-impact activities like walking, swimming, biking, or yoga. Always warm up 5-10 minutes first with a moderate walk and some dynamic stretches, and stretch out again afterward when your muscles are warm and supple.
There are certain types of exercise that are particularly beneficial for this disease, including the kind that gets your heart going to increase your circulation without further damaging your joints. Others are those that increase your balance, strength, and range of movement in your joints.
Another benefit from regular, moderate exercise is that it helps you control your weight, because shedding extra pounds reduces the overall stress on your joints.
If you want help designing an exercise regimen that is right for your condition, set up a visit with Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona by calling our Chandler office at (480) 963-9000 or the one in Gilbert at (480) 981-1800. We’ll be glad to evaluate your feet and get you started on a routine that is safe for them and for you.