The City of Richardson, TX is committed to the health and wellbeing of the senior citizens in our community, as evidenced by our Richardson Senior Center. Organized by the Parks and Recreation Department, the center provides classes, activities, and recreation programs. This constitutes a great way for older community members to stay active and ensure their needs are being met.
One of the conditions commonly associated with getting older is arthritis. You might be quick to make that particular association, but may not realize that is only one of the various arthritic conditions. There are actually several different forms of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.
The term itself essentially means “joint inflammation.” For this reason, gout (which is caused by a byproduct from the body breaking down food) and osteoarthritis (simple wear-and-tear over time) are lumped together in the same category. Since the condition can result in stiff, painful joints, it may seem as though exercise is a terrible idea. On the contrary, exercise can help the various forms of arthritis!
If you or a loved one are living with a form of this condition, you might be skeptical about being asked to move around when your joints hurt. However, exercising with arthritis is widely recommended as the most effective non-drug method for diminishing pain and stiffness and promoting greater flexibility and range of motion.
Some of the specific ways that exercise helps arthritic conditions include:
- Stronger muscles. Building up muscle strength will allow the muscles to better support the joint.
- Healthy bodyweight. Staying in a healthy weight range will lead to less physical force applied to arthritic joints in the feet and ankles.
- Greater flexibility. Stretches can help reduce the stiffness that makes movement difficult.
Our Richardson, TX foot doctor office can give you more information on the benefits of exercise for arthritic joints, but we can also provide specific exercises that will work best for you. Come in and see us at Richardson Podiatry Associates so we can assess your current condition and then create an exercise plan to alleviate painful symptoms. Call us at (972) 690-5374 or schedule an appointment online today.