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Can I use flippers and paddles to help me swim?

Q) I regularly swim up to a mile a day about five times a week; not breast stroke, and use flippers on my feet and paddles on my hands. I have arthritis in one knee and in my hands – is it advisable to use these aids?
Mrs Esther Wagstaffe, Eastbourne, East Sussex (Autumn 2012)

A) The fact that you are exercising at all is to your advantage. I note you are correctly not doing breast stroke (generally not recommended with knee problems). If you don’t experience any reaction to the swimming, such as knee pain and swelling, then I think you are fine to continue pounding the pool as you do.
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