In the long run, staying active can help relieve arthritis pain. The disease causes pain and stiffness in your joints. This comes from a breakdown in the cartilage that covers the ends of your bones, which is something that no amount of movement can change. However, strengthening the muscles that support and surround the joint can help. Exercising also improves your range of motion and flexibility and allows you to maintain a healthy weight—all of which make a big difference.
The key to this is choosing the right kind of exercise. Running and other high-impact activities are not the right way to approach this. Instead, opt for swimming, yoga, or water aerobics, which can provide an array of benefits for you.
If you have arthritis and exercise is not part of your routine, Shenandoah Podiatry is here for you. We will take the time to understand your current condition and then find physical activities that are right for you. Our office can also administer a variety of treatments, so contact us today via our online form or give us a call at (540) 904-1458 for our Roanoke office.