You have 33 joints in your feet and ankles that enable you to walk, run, squat and do a myriad of other activities each day. At Gentle Professional Foot Care, we think that’s a good reason to want to ensure that your joints stay healthy for many years to come. You don’t have to make big, dramatic changes to help improve the condition of your joints. Every small step you take will add up to overall improved joint health and a full and active life. Start today by trying some of these:
· Swap a walk for a half hour of TV time. Being active helps joints stay flexible and improves range of motion.
· Skip the second cup of coffee. Studies show that too much caffeine can weaken your bones and joints.
· Lower your heel height. Did you know that experts say that a 3-inch heel stresses the joints in your feet 7 times more than a 1-inch heel? If you love the way high heels look, save them for special occasions and limit the number of hours you wear them.
· Snack on an orange. Or have a glass of orange juice. Vitamin C and other antioxidants have been shown to reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis.
· Dive in. Go swimming, take a water aerobics class or try pool jogging. Working out in water is easy on the joints and gives all the same benefits of non-aquatic exercise.
· Shrink portions. Being overweight adds a big strain to your joints and increases your risk for joint disorders and injuries. Start by reducing the size of your portions to painlessly lower your calorie intake.
· Talk to your doctor. Our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, wants to know if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: joint pain (including heel pain), stiffness, soreness or swelling. Joint discomfort can be a sign of several different conditions such as an ankle injury. Treatment is available, but like most podiatric conditions the outcome is better if joint disease is caught early on. If you have concerns about joint health, contact our Venice office for an appointment by calling: 941-493-7999.