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Eleven Tips to Ease Arthritis Pain and Increase Mobility!

Posted Oct 29 2010 10:36am
The little things you do can get your arthritis pain under control and increase your mobility. Lots of patient in my Grapevine, TX, office complain of arthritis pain in their feet and ankles as well as their knees, hips and back. The dynamic chain of our lower extremity biomechanics is all connected. Help your back by helping your feet, knees and hips! All the joints benefit!

When you have osteoarthritis, it is very common to cut back on most of your physical activities to minimize your pain. This inactivity often leads to more health problems, so it is important to find ways to keep the pain under control.

Here are my top eleven tips to keep you moving with arthritis
1. Lose Weight. Every pound matters. Think that if you lose one pound, it takes three pounds of torque off your feet. Every extra pound puts more pressure on all your joints. Find a sound lifestyle changing diet and adjust your eating habits to slowly lose the weight.
2. Give yourself a break. Overuse can increase arthritis symptoms significantly. To ease your pain and the stress on your joints, take frequent breaks. Break large tasks into small ones.
3. Stretch. Athletes always ask, “To stretch or not to stretch, that is the question?” In patients with arthritis, stretching can really ease the pain in your joints, especially you foot and ankle. Learn to stretch properly and make it a daily habit.
4. Exercise. Exercise will help maintain mobility and flexibility as well as strength. Yoga or water workouts are good alternatives for patients with arthritis. If you don’t move it, you will lose it!
5. Heat it up. A hot water bottle, warm compresses or a heating pad can often relieve arthritis pain. Be careful not to make it too hot, especially if you have diabetes and a little neuropathy!
6. Talk to your doctor. There are many new options for pain relief, so don’t think you just have to live with it. Ask your doctors for options.
7. See a podiatrist. A podiatrist can help you with shoe gear, functional foot orthotics and even joint surgery that can relieve your pain. Talk to a podiatrist about options to ease your foot and ankle pain and/or balance the biomechanics of your lower extremity to let your joints function as optimally as they can.
8. See a physical therapist or chiropractor. Many times a little physical therapy or manipulation can help to ease your pain and get you moving in the right direction.
9. Try OTC options. Many people use over-the-counter arthritis pain relievers or topical analgesic creams to help with their pain. My favorite is Biofreeze.
10. Consider supplements. Many patients report relief from glucosamine and chondroitin supplements. Remember that you need to take them for at least a month to see if they help.
11. Start early. Get your arthritis pain under control early. It is much easier to get it under control and focus on a mobility regimen when you are younger. It is easier to lose weight in your 40’s than your 60’s.
Arthritis pain getting you down? Follow these tips to help control your pain and increase your mobility!
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