Why Exercise Is So Important for Arthritic Conditions

The Arthritis Foundation reports that across our state there are 3.6 million adults and 25,000 young Texans who live with arthritic conditions. No, “young” is not a typo when used in the same sentence as “arthritic conditions.” It is important to understand that arthritis is not a medical issue that only affects adults. Sure, osteoarthritis (the most common type of arthritis) is mostly seen in older patients, but there are forms of arthritis that affect individuals of all ages.

No matter what age you are when you have the disease, exercise and arthritis should go hand in hand whenever possible. We understand that it might seem as though physical activity is a daunting task when your joints are stiff or pained, but there are several benefits it can provide.

Some of the specific benefits of exercise include:

  • Stronger muscles. Joints affected by arthritis can be supported and protected by muscles that are made stronger through an exercise program. Muscle support helps by taking pressure off the joints, thereby reducing pain.
  • Weight management. Staying active also helps you maintain a healthy bodyweight, which means less pressure applied to affected foot and ankle joints and thus less discomfort.
  • Improved flexibility. Better flexibility and range of motion can be achieved through activities that gently stretch joints in a natural manner. Improving flexibility is a great way to reduce joint stiffness.

In addition to looking at how exercise helps, it is also important to note that lack of physical activity actually contributes to increased pain and stiffness in affected joints. When bones and muscles become weaker, the joints receive more stress than they otherwise would.

At Houston Foot Specialists, we are proud to help many patients from our local communities overcome a wide array of foot and ankle conditions, including arthritic ones. Arthritis takes many different forms, so be sure to come in and see us for a proper diagnosis and expert care. Contact our Houston, TX office by either scheduling your appointment online or giving us a call at (713) 467-8886 for more information or assistance with setting up your visit.

Categories: Arthritis