MD Podiatrist Recommends Cross-Training

If you have pain that’s prohibiting you from running, consider swapping in other cardio options like cycling, swimming, or using the elliptical, Dan Michaels, DPM says. “Low-impact activities like this allow you to maintain your endurance and help prevent overuse injuries. Even with the onset of osteoarthritis, maintaining an active lifestyle without pain is much more beneficial both physically and mentally for the running enthusiast than succumbing to a sedentary lifestyle,” Dr. Michaels says.
Balancing your workout routine with running, strength training, and low-impact cardio can also help runners with osteoarthritis stay on their feet longer, Dr. Michaels says.