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According to a recent study, just walking more may ease mobility problems in knee osteoarthritis. The US research project, led by Boston University, measured daily steps taken by 1,788 people with or at risk for knee osteoarthritis over a seven-day period. Their functional limitations were evaluated two years later, and defined as a slow walking speed and a low physical function score.

The Findings

Walking 6,000 or more steps per day, even outside of continuous exercise, offered protection from developing functional limitation, the researchers from Boston University said.

“More than 3000 steps/day may be an initial minimum daily walking goal to recommend as few people meeting this benchmark developed functional limitation two years later,” according to the researchers. An additional 1,000 daily steps on top of this minimum led to a 16-18% reduction in incident functional limitation two years later.

But increasing to 6000 or more steps could be the ideal since that threshold best distinguished those who developed functional limitation and those who did not, the researchers suggested.

These findings, which were published in the medical journal Arthritis Care & Research, provide patients with a largely cost-free and simple way of avoiding physical disability associated with their condition. This can prevent them from struggling with everyday activities such as getting up from a chair and climbing stairs.

Walk Pain-free

Earlier statistics from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey shows that around 80 per cent of osteoarthritis patients have some limitation in movement.

Hence Daniel White, lead author of the study suggests: “Walking is an inexpensive activity and despite the common popular goal of walking 10,000 steps per day, our study finds only 6,000 steps are necessary to realise benefits. We encourage those with or at risk of knee osteoarthritis to walk at least 3,000 steps each day, and ultimately progress to 6,000 steps daily.”

According to Professor Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, “Exercise such as walking is vitally important for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, as long as they wear sensible trainer-type shoes with soft, thick soles and pace themselves. Using a walking stick can reduce the weight and stress on a painful knee and can be helpful in reducing pain and increasing the distance that people can cover.

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