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Sat Oct 13 23:32:03 EDT 2012

I have corns and callouses on my feet I have rheumatoid arthritis and my feet hurt a lot also stiff any suggestions I am trying to keep moving
Asked By: aapdavis  
Category: Exercise

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2012-10-18 07:30:34.0

Dear AAPDavis,

There are plenty of physical activities that you can do that don't involve always standing on your feet, but to start with, it's good to make sure you have some athletic shoes that are plenty wide and don't irritate your corns or your calluses. You may want to focus on non-weight-bearing activities like stationary (or outdoor) cycling, rowing, aquatic exercise or swimming, chair exercises, chair dancing (with videos), and even yoga or tai chi. Both yoga and tai chi also work on flexibility and strength at the same time, along with balance. With your arthritis, it is important to stretch daily and work on keeping as much movement as possible around each joint. Resistance exercises (with bands, hand weights, or machines) are often done seated as well, which will take some of the burden off of your feet. Definitely keep moving however you can, though, to reduce stiffness and keep your strength and agility.
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