Walking poles & cycle.

jennand
jennand Member Posts: 121

I have RH in my hands & feet. Also OA in knees & I suspect R hip although not diagnosed. Also, following a successful lumbar disc replacement I was left with neuropathy in both feet. All this combined affects my walking gait & mobility. On top of this, for the past 18 months, I’ve been struggling with Achillea tendonitis ( sorry if I sound a bit downbeat- I’m mentally ok but need to get myself sorted) To this end, I’ve dug out my Nordic walking poles which helped following my spine op. However, now I find I can’t grip them as well as I could. I’ve seen some on YouTube with chunkier handles especially for arthritis sufferers ( I think in US) but I can’t find any here. Does anyone have any that they recommend ( or any suggestions for alternatives)

On another note, my bike is lying low in the garage because my balance issues mean I can’t ride it. I’m considering stabilisers but wondered if anyone has any they can recommend.

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  • jennand
    jennand Member Posts: 121

    Update - I’ve found them on Amazon. There called Activator poles. They differ slightly from Nordic in that they have a ledge that your fist rests on to take the strain off your hands. I think I’ll give them a go.

  • Junie
    Junie Member Posts: 12

    Hi

    maybe you could get a trike ? They have two wheels at the back so are more stable.

    junie

  • jennand
    jennand Member Posts: 121

    I didn’t really want a trike. I have a folding bike that I like to put in the car & take to the coast & country. But I wobble a bit now. I might have to stop altogether but it’s difficult accepting these stages isn’t it?

  • Junie
    Junie Member Posts: 12

    Oh sorry ,

    I did not think about transporting it.

    ok let’s see if we can find some stabilisers


    Junie

  • Junie
    Junie Member Posts: 12

    Just looked, you can get stabilisers for adult bikes.

    what size is your bike?

  • Junie
    Junie Member Posts: 12

    Amazon have them

    best wishes

    Junie

  • jennand
    jennand Member Posts: 121

    Not sure of the size, It’s stuck at the back of the garage. It’s probably 26”. I’ll have a look on Amazon. Thanks

  • Junie
    Junie Member Posts: 12

    Let me know how you get on.

    looking at bikes has made me want to cycle again.

    i have not rode a bike for many years, I have arthritis in my knee.

    Think I will try and find a reasonable priced bike, and see if I can ride it.

    please keep in touch

    best wishes

    junie

  • jennand
    jennand Member Posts: 121

    Ok, I saw the podiatrist today who thinks that I quite possibly have Achilles bursitis rather than tendonitis, which although has very similar symptoms, requires a different approach to rehabilitation. Firstly, I have to have an ultrasound which will give a definitive diagnosis. Bursitis may require a steroid injection ( yippee, I LOVE those - NOT ) followed by specific exercise. In the meantime, most stretching, physio & over enthusiastic exercise is out. So, no cycling & only short distance walking. Apparently, it’s very common in RA sufferers as it is an inflammatory condition. RA is the gift that keeps on giving.

    But Junie by all means, take up cycling again, once lockdown is lifted & im back on my feet, I’ll be getting my rusty bike out.

  • Junie
    Junie Member Posts: 12

    Hi Jennand

    I am looking for a bike, they are expensive.

    but I am looking on eBay. Let us know how your ultrasound goes. Hope you are on your bike soon. Hope I am not falling off mine

    best wishes

    junie