As a matter of fact, exercising is strongly recommended for sufferers of arthritis. The more you strengthen the muscles and tissues that support your joints, they more they can shield them from further damage and keep them functioning as well as possible.
You have to be smart, though. High-impact exercise, like running, basketball, and other sports with lots of running and jumping may not be safe for you if your feet and ankle joints have already suffered wear and tear. To get your heart rate up, try low-impact aerobics—swimming and cycling are great options—and if you’re stuck inside, a quick Internet search for low-impact cardio will provide plenty of workout videos for all skill levels. We also recommend stretching exercises (to keep your joints limber and improve range of motion) as well as weight-training (to improve stability and protect joints).
Before you launch into any exercise plan, set up an appointment with Harvey Danciger, DPM. He can help you determine what kinds of exercises are safe to perform, and whether or not you might benefit from other treatments or therapies for your arthritis. Give our office a call at (760) 568-0108 today.