World Arthritis Day falls during the month of October and that’s a good reason for us here at Long Island Foot & Ankle Group, PC to focus on ways to prevent joint disease, which is quite debilitating for your feet and ankles. Arthritis is actually an overarching term that describes a group of nearly 100 joint disorders. What many patients don’t realize is that your actions now can greatly decrease your chances of developing arthritis down the road. Below are some recommendations:
Play It Safe
Did you know that a joint that is injured today has a greater likelihood of being the site of arthritis in the future? It’s true. And while you may think that you can’t prevent accidents, there are ways to reduce your risk. Use proper protective gear and well-maintained equipment when playing sports. Don’t speed or take chances on the road. Follow ladder safety rules. Even something as simple as replacing shoes when they are worn out can help prevent trips and falls that can hurt your joints.
Weigh Your Options
Maintaining an appropriate weight or losing pounds if you are currently overweight reduces strain on your feet and ankle joints. Excess weight causes joints to wear out faster and also makes you less likely to be active—another way to promote good joint health.
Vary Your Exercise Routine
Being regularly active now can make joints stronger and healthier and also strengthen the surrounding muscles that support them. Avoid being one position for a long period of time. Follow a regular exercise regimen and make sure it contains components that are weight-bearing, strengthening, aerobic and balance-promoting to get the maximum benefit for your joints.
It’s never too late to start taking better care of your joints. If you have any symptoms of joint disorders such as pain, stiffness or decreased range of motion in your feet or ankles, contact our Valley Stream (516-825-4070 ) or Lake Success (516-327-0074) office. Our foot and ankle surgeons Dr. Russell Caprioli, Dr. Mary Ann Bilotti, Dr. John Haight or Dr. Marzana Mleczko will examine your feet and help you improve the health of your joints.