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Should You Avoid the Stairs With Arthritis?

Published 24/08/2021


When you start to feel aches and pains around your legs, this could be a sign of arthritis. There is no real cause for panic right away, as the condition is something millions of people experience, from children all the way through to elderly members of society. No cure exists for arthritis, but there are many treatments which can be offered to relieve some of the most common symptoms. General movements can be impaired quite substantially, and this can make navigating your stairs a lot more difficult than it used to be. So, should you avoid stairs altogether if you have been diagnosed with arthritis?

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis causes your joints to swell, leading to problems with even the most basic movements. Although mostly common among older people, this can be diagnosed quite early in life and symptoms will get worse as you get older. The two most common types of arthritis would be osteoarthritis and rheumatoid. The former generally affects people aged over 40, and the latter is mostly prevalent among females.

Elderly Lady holding onto hands in pain

Does Climbing Stairs Make Arthritis Worse?

If you have existing problems with your knees, then yes the act of climbing stairs could end up aggravating some of the key issues you experience on a daily basis. On the other hand, you may find climbing stairs is actually beneficial for strengthening your knees and regular movement will help build up your muscles.

The suitability of using stairs is really down to how arthritis affects you specifically and which stage you find yourself in after first being diagnosed with the condition. It may be worth finding a compromise by adding railing so that support is there should problems ever arise.


Elderly Lady climbing down staircase with cane

How Can I Use Stairs Properly With Arthritis?

Firstly, anyone who sits for long periods of the day, either for medical reasons or for working arrangements will need to find some way of exercising to strengthen their legs. It doesn’t have to be for long, as even simple leg raises could be all that’s needed to bolster your joints. Also think about balance when moving up and down the stairs, making sure to place your foot flush on each step.

You will also generally find coming down stairs more difficult to complete, placing more emphasis on how you can accommodate your weight when this needs to be completed. So, maybe only use railing when you come down, and use moving up the stairs as the time in which to place more focus on strengthening your muscles.

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