How Exercise Affects Arthritis

Part of the allure of living in a city like Austin is the wide range of activities that are available. One of the best options is to walk around and check out top spots like the Texas State Capitol, the Baylor Street Art Wall, and Zilker Park. (If you need to cool off in the summer, stop by the park’s Barton Springs Pool). Of course, the thought of exploring everything Austin has to offer could be daunting if you have an arthritic foot condition, but let’s take a look at the relationship between exercise and arthritis.

You likely know already that arthritis, by its very definition, causes stiffness and pain in the joints. With this being the case, how could we possibly advocate spending additional time moving around (which requires the use of affected joints)? Well, it’s quite simple – exercise can be a tremendous help with arthritic conditions.

Granted, if you have arthritis, physical activities have to be carefully planned. Attempting to do too much, especially if you are just starting, might actually cause additional problems. Our expert medical professionals can help you create a workout plan that will take your current physical condition and long-term goals into consideration. We will ease you into activity so you can experience the benefits without having any setbacks.

When we mention the benefits of exercise for arthritis, we mean:

  • Stronger muscles. Resistance exercises can lead to stronger muscles which are better able to support and relieve pressure on joints.
  • Greater flexibility. Exercises that promote flexibility keep muscles elastic and more capable of moving joints easily.
  • Weight management. Burning extra calories helps to take off extra pounds that place excess pressure on arthritic foot and ankle joints.
  • Improved range of motion. Maintaining a full range of motion lessens joint stiffness.

Exercise plays an instrumental role in managing an arthritic condition, but so too does knowing when to seek professional help. If you are experiencing pain or difficulty performing regular tasks due to arthritis, schedule an appointment with one of our expert foot doctors here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. You can do this via our online form found here on our website or simply give us a call at (512) 328-8900 and our staff will be glad to assist.

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