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Can exercising increase my risk for osteoarthritis of the feet?

James P. Ioli, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
The jury is still out on the question of whether high-impact, repetitive exercise such as running, aerobics, dancing, or playing sports contribute to osteoarthritis of the feet. On the one hand, your joints take a real pounding, as every heel strike occurs at a force of three or four times your body's weight, possibly causing damage over time. On the other hand, experts believe that high-impact exercise has a protective effect on the joints, thickening cartilage that surrounds them and also keeping body weight down.

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