Ian McMahan October 22, 2013 TWEET COMMENTS 10

The Link Between Running and Arthritis - Page 3

Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

  • Pain during or after activity
  • Tenderness around the joint (e.g. along one or both sides of the knee; hip/groin pain; front of ankle)
  • Joint stiffness, particularly in the morning or after inactivity
  • Loss of flexibility (e.g. hip OA may result in stiffness when attempting to bring the knee toward the chest; full bending or straightening of the knee may be limited, ankle stiffness may limit squatting or descending stairs)
  • Popping, grinding or cracking


Tips for Running with Arthritis

  • Reduce overall intensity and volume of running
  • Cross-train with low-impact activities, e.g. cycling, swimming, Stairmaster, elliptical
  • Strengthen the quads, hamstrings, glutes and calf muscles
  • Maintain flexibility and joint mobility with a post-run general flexibility program
  • Improve running form so the body can effectively dissipate and distribute impact


This story originally appeared in our October 2013 issue.


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