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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
May 02, 2018
Category: Joint Health
Tags: Arthritis  

Did you know that arthritis is the #1 cause of disability in our country? At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we see many patients suffering from pain and stiffness in the joints of their ankles, feet, and toes. The good news is that there are many ways you can help reduce symptoms of arthritis. Below are 6 simple tips to try:

  1. Lose the high heels. A 3-inch heel stresses your foot 7 times more than a 1-inch heel. Do the math and you’ll see it’s not worth the extra heel height! High heels also strain your knees and may increase the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis in them down the road.
  2. Stretch it out. A simple way to keep joints flexible and improve range of motion is by stretching. Try a tai chi or Pilates class. Take breaks through the day to flex your feet and do ankle circles.
  3. Create a colorful plate. Adding a rainbow variety of vegetables and fruits to your meals will ensure you get the variety of nutrients your joints and bones need to be healthy. Many brightly colored vegetables like carotenoids (peppers, carrots) actually contain components known to reduce the inflammatory response in the body.
  4. Take a dive. Swimming and aquatic exercise programs are an excellent way to get aerobic exercise without putting stress on your joints.
  5. Broil, don’t fry. Fried foods are known to trigger inflammation. They also contain more fat and calories which could lead to weight gain and more strain on your feet.
  6. Have an orange break. Whether you choose juice or whole fruit, oranges are high in Vitamin C and other antioxidants which studies have shown can reduce your risk of osteoarthritis.

Joint disease can be complex. There are many different kinds of arthritis and sometimes joint pain, swelling and stiffness can be caused by a completely different disorder. That’s why it’s important to make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office if you are experiencing any joint discomfort in your feet. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your feet and perform the necessary tests to make a definitive diagnosis. Contact us today at (912) 330 – 8885.










 

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