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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 02, 2018
Category: joint health
Tags: Arthritis   Shoes   fitness plan  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we believe it’s important for patients to be proactive about the health of their feet and ankles (as well as the rest of their bodies). In honor of World Arthritis Day, which occurs in October, we’d like you to think about making some of these lifestyle choices to protect your joints.

Eat Well—your food choices can have an enormous impact on the health of your foot and ankle joints. First of all, eating a nutritious diet low in fat and sugar and with proper portion control can help you lose weight or maintain an appropriate weight. Excess weight puts a strain on knee, ankle and foot joints and increases your chances of developing arthritis. In addition, eating a well-rounded diet can help you maintain bone strength and decrease inflammatory responses in your body. Be sure your menu plans include plenty of calcium-rich foods and colorful fruits and vegetables. If necessary, take vitamin supplements.

Move More—a simple way to help your joints is not to stay in any one position for a long time. If you sit most of the day at a desk, take regular breaks to stand, stretch and take a brief walk. If you’re on your feet for long periods of time, be sure to sit and elevate your feet when you can. Choose a balanced fitness plan that incorporates strength training and weight-bearing exercises, as well as core building and stretching. All of these have a positive effect on joint health.

Stop Smoking—this weakens bones and increases your risk for joint problems.

Give Up Heels—high heels put a strain on your knees, ankles and foot joints. Get rid of heels over 2 inches or reserve them for only special occasions and even then, limit the time you spend in them.

Be Careful—did you know that arthritis often develops at the sight of a previous injury? Minimize your risk of getting hurt by wearing the appropriate shoes and protective gear for sports, driving safely, and watching where you walk. If you do sustain a foot or ankle injury, contact our New Jersey offices in Monmouth Junction, Linden, Edison, and Monroe immediately by calling: 732-662-3050 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can treat your injury promptly. Follow the full course of treatment to make sure your injury is fully healed.