Got bunions? Try water aerobics
Physical activity is a bit of a catch-22 for people with arthritis, especially when the condition attacks the feet and results in bunions or hammer toe. Exercise is known to promote mobility for individuals with arthritis, but at the same time, joint pain can prevent people from getting off the couch.
As such, low-impact exercise becomes key to staying active and preventing the progression of joint stiffness.
One great way to keep moving without wreaking havoc on the feet, knees and hips is by performing water aerobics. When done in a temperature-controlled pool, this form of exercise provides soothing warmth to the joints and gentle resistance to help build muscle, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Many gyms and community centers offer lessons on water aerobics, which may be especially appropriate in the warmer months.