Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and has been deemed the “wear and tear” arthritis due to its degenerative nature. Millions of people are affected by the joint pain and stiffness associated with OA, but living with OA doesn’t have to be an uphill battle.
It’s important to recognize how certain habits or lifestyle choices might affect your OA. Learning about some lifestyle changes that you can make to help manage symptoms can make living with OA a little more comfortable.
Watch Your Weight
Did you know that for every pound of excess weight you carry exerts about 4 pounds of extra pressure on the knees? This can cause cartilage to break down at a faster rate. Choosing to incorporate foods into your diet that have anti-inflammatory capabilities like berries, broccoli, and salmon is a good choice as well.
It’s important to get enough light exercise when you have OA. Stick to low-impact exercises like biking, swimming, walking, and yoga. These exercises are gentle on the joints and can help to relieve pain and stiffness.
Choose Smart Shoes
Your shoe choice can play a significant role in your OA symptoms. Reserve the high heels for special occasions when you’re only wearing them for a little bit at a time. With heels, the higher the heel, the bigger the risk of the developing knee OA. What about something like clogs? Studies have shown that any elevation in a shoe increases the load on your knee. It’s best to opt for shoes with solid arch support, good cushioning, and a toe box with ample room.
While certain lifestyle tips can help when it comes to living with OA and managing symptoms, studies for potential new OA treatment options are enrolling now at New England Research Associates. Qualified participants have access to potential new OA medications, and receive care from board-certified physicians and other medical staff. Those that qualify may also be compensated for time and travel expenses. If you have osteoarthritis, learn more about this exciting research opportunity by clicking HERE.