It is amazing how our state of mind can affect our quality of life and accomplishments. In every arena from sports participation to health, achievements are at least partially determined by having a positive attitude and working toward the outcome you desire. Believing you can do something to prevent osteoarthritis is half the battle, and these tips are great places to start:
- Maintain a healthy weight. Come on: you can do it! Watching what you eat can help you lose weight if you need to, or maintain the healthy weight you already have. Getting rid of excess pounds helps decrease the wear and tear on your joints.
- Eat the right foods. Certain foods have sulfides, antioxidants, and pain-relieving properties that help protect your joints from damage and make them more comfortable. They include common ones like garlic and onions, berries, apples and plums, and ginger.
- Avoid too much sugar. While some foods help, this one can harm. It increases inflammation and contributes to degeneration of the cartilage in your joints.
- Stay active. Not only does exercise help maintain weight, walking and stretching can also increase range of motion in your joints and relieve stress on them by strengthening the muscles that support them. Exercise can keep the condition from worsening and help reduce your pain.
- Avoid injury as much as possible. Use safe habits when working and playing, including keeping good posture and lifting properly, wearing protective shoes and gear, avoiding too much repetitive motion, and taking breaks. Sometimes rebalancing your structure with custom orthotics can help reduce stress on your joints and stave off this condition. Staying safe also means not injuring your health by smoking or excessive drinking.
- Relax or meditate. Managing stress gets us back to that positive attitude thing. The more relaxed you can be in life situations, the less your body will be stressed in unhealthy ways.
Already have osteoarthritis and need treatment for the pain? Call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for an appointment and our podiatrists will help you discover the therapy that works for you. You can reach us at (480) 963-9000 in Chandler, AZ, or in Gilbert at (480) 981-1800, or by filling out our contact form online.