5 Ways to Protecting Your Joints from Arthritis Pain
Arthritis is one of the most common diseases associated with chronic pain. The condition causes inflammation of the joints, muscle strain, damage to joint tissues, and fatigue. Medication can alleviate chronic arthritis pain temporarily, but outbreaks are still inevitable. Read on to learn five ways to protect your joints from arthritis pain and improve your quality of life.
- Remember to stretch. Your joints may tend to feel stiffer in the morning, so start your day with a warm shower to loosen your joints, then stretch your joints, making sure you don’t overdo it and cause more pain. Stretching helps keep your muscles flexible and strong. You may want to speak with your doctor about a tailored stretching program.
- Change your shoes. As much as you may love them, your high heels aren’t doing you any favors. A 3-inch heel, for example, puts undue stress not only on your feet but on your knees, which may up your risk of having osteoarthritis. In addition, heels put extra stress on your knees and may increase your risk of getting osteoarthritis. The best shoe to protect again joint pain is one that is flexible and supportive, with a rubber sole to provide extra cushion.
- Go green. The next time you’re looking for a side vegetable or a main course salad, reach for green, leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, broccoli and romaine lettuce. These foods are rich in calcium and can help lower your risk of osteoporosis (brittle bone disease). If you’re not a fan of the greens, you can incorporate other calcium-rich foods like milk, yogurt, figs and salmon to help keep your bones sturdy.
- Don’t stay in one place for too long. Sitting in an office chair all day is not good for your joints. Conversely, standing all day isn’t good either. To prevent joint stiffness, make time for simple stretches by taking a break from either sitting or standing periodically during the day.
- Rest, relax, recharge. Getting off your feet for a time not only eases the pain in your joints, it helps minimize the fatigue that so often accompanies arthritis. The amount of downtime a person needs depends on the individual’s endurance level. One of the best things to do is listening to your body when it indicates it’s time to rest. Overdoing an activity or pushing through a project without heeding your body’s warning signs may only worsen your joint pain.
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