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Tips on walking

Take it slowly to begin with. Wear a support on joints currently in flare. Try to visualise the end goal and be kind to yourself.
Mel, via Facebook (Spring 2017)

Comfortable trainers and a walking partner to keep you company.
Leann, via Twitter (Spring 2017)

Find out more about choosing suitable footwear.

Walking on flattish ground if possible. We’ve joined English Heritage and most places have free entrance to gardens which are beautiful in winter too. Wrap up warm and get out there! Failing that I use the local shopping mall to do a circuit or two depending on my feet and knee. Just try to keep moving!
Wendy (Spring 2017)

If my back is starting to feel a bit stiff – I’ve got osteoarthritis in my spine – I find the best thing I can do is go for a walk.

I take long strides to really stretch everything out around my lower back and hips. It’s better for me than any medication.

I also have early osteoarthritis in my left knee due to a hyper-mobile joint and I've got a great knee support that wraps round and adjusts with strong velcro straps. If my knee's feeling a bit iffy, I wear that and it stops the pain by keeping my knee in the right position.
Cat, via Facebook (Spring 2017) 

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