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Exercise with Arthritis to Keep Feet Limber

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Sometimes afflictions in life seem insurmountable. Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis, can feel like one of these challenges, gradually robbing you of your ability to easily perform activities as stress and time wear away at an affected joint. When everything appears to be telling you to slow down, however, that may sometimes be the very time when you should act! It may sound counterintuitive, but those who exercise with arthritis can actually reap the benefits—including reduced pain and increased stability.

Exercising with osteoarthritis can help in a number of ways. It can lubricate your joint cartilage to reduce stiffness and pain, strengthen the muscles that support and protect your joints, decrease the pressure on joints as you lose weight, and improve your overall health against additional complications that can worsen your condition.

If you wish to begin a new form of exercise, please remember to consult your medical professional first. The doctors at California Foot and Ankle Institute can not only help you ensure you are performing activities safely, but can also suggest exercises and techniques that will help you get the most out of your routines for your specific needs.

Low-intensity exercises may be the best starting point for someone who is just starting out or currently finds other activities too painful. Walking, swimming, and water aerobics can place less stress on the joints as you condition your body. If they are recommended, you can also work safely toward activities that focus on aerobics, range of motion, and resistance training—beneficial toward reducing stiffness, increasing blood flow, and strengthening muscles and tendons.

Osteoarthritis doesn’t have to force you into a sedentary lifestyle. If you exercise with arthritis correctly, you can stay moving better for longer. Call the doctors at California Foot and Ankle Institute for help determining the best plans for you. Reach us toll-free at (888) 796-6631 to schedule an appointment. You may also reach our Irvine location at (949) 833-3406 or our Victorville location at (760) 951-2000.

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