How can I exercise with arthritis?

It might seem to be a daunting task to perform exercise and physical activity when you live with an arthritic condition, but we can walk you through how to exercise with arthritis.

The first step is to consult with Dr. Wettstein or your primary physician. We can help you create an exercise plan that works best for you. A solid plan will have exercises that strengthen muscles, promote range-of-motion, work the cardiovascular system, and improve flexibility.
Key points to protect your joints include:

  • Use low-impact activities.
  • Apply heat (warm towel, shower) before you exercise.
  • Move gently and use slow, easy motions.
  • Take a break if you feel pain.
  • Ice after you are done.

Given the tremendous benefits that can come with physical activity, you may find that an even better question is “how can I afford not to exercise with arthritis?” Let Advanced Foot and Ankle help you create an exercise program that is centered on the right kinds of activities and starts with low-to-moderate levels that will allow your body to properly adjust. Schedule an appointment online with either our Twin Falls or Burley, ID offices or simply call us at (208) 731-6321 for any assistance you might need.