5 Ways To Protect Your Knees From Osteoarthritis

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Knee pain from osteoarthritis is common in the United States. In fact, research indicates that about 10 percent of men and 13 percent of women who are at least 60 years old have osteoarthritis of the knee that presents with symptoms. Nevertheless, there are ways to help protect your knee joint from developing this disease: Exercise Exercise can be used to strengthen the thigh muscles that support the knee. Studies show that people who have more developed quadriceps have less knee pain. In fact, they even incur beneficial changes at the knee joint.  One of the best exercises to develop your quadriceps is the squat. However, lunges are also effective. If you would like to grow your quadriceps muscles even faster, consider adding weights to your routine. However, never sacrifice proper form. For either exercise, it is important that your knee does not extend past your toes as you bend.   If your knee consistently bends beyond your toes, you may be doing more harm than good. Lose Weight The amount of weight supported by your knee does affect it. In fact, when you lose five pounds, the pressure on your knee decreases by 20 pounds. There is a four-fold reduction in knee pressure for every pound that you lose. Stop Smoking People who smoke usually have more musculoskeletal pain in general. However, one study indicates that male smokers who have osteoarthritis of the knee experience more cartilage loss and knee pain than nonsmoking males. If you would like to avoid worsening a knee problem, you may lower your risk by not smoking. Use a Knee Brace Knee injuries are associated with a higher incidence of osteoarthritis of the knee. To protect your knees and keep them properly aligned, consider wearing knee braces during activities that stress your knee joints. Knee braces can be purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by your physician. They are designed to support your joints and hold your knee caps in proper position. Add Supplements Vitamin D deficiency is associated with osteoarthritis. In addition, dietary supplements, such as chondroitin and glucosamine, are believed to support joint health. Researchers continue to study the combination’s impact on cartilage repair. Nevertheless, a study that spanned two years showed that dietary supplementation with chondroitin and glucosamine for pain from osteoarthritis of the knee had similar effects to supplementation with a placebo.  Osteoarthritis of the knee is a common condition. To protect your knee joints, implement behavioral changes that have been shown to benefit the knees. Nevertheless, if you are experiencing knee pain, consult a physician (such as Joseph P. Spott, DO) for proper diagnosis and...

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Beating Your Dental Phobia

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If serious anxiety is preventing you from seeking routine dental care, you aren’t alone. You don’t have to be a child to be afraid of going to the dentist. Dental phobia is common in adults too. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to help you overcome your fear of the dentist. Discuss Your Phobia Talking to your dentist about your fears is a great way to put your mind at ease. There’s no reason for you to be embarrassed about your phobia. Most dentists are aware that some people are afraid of dental procedures. Not only will talking to your dentist help you relax, but it helps your dentist determine a method of treatment that will make you comfortable and address any problems that you have. When you talk to your dentist, you should discuss: A hand signal that you can use to tell him to briefly stop the procedure. This way, you’re the one that’s in control. What to expect during the procedure. The amount of pain that you’ll be in during the dental procedure. In most cases, dental patients experience minimal amounts of pain, but knowing what type of pain you might endure can keep you from feeling anxious. Also, if you know what to expect, you’ll know if you’re feeling too much pain. If this happens, you can signal the dentist to stop. Relaxation Techniques If you have trouble relaxing on your own before visiting the dentist, try using a few relaxation techniques. You can also use these techniques during your appointment to help you remain calm throughout the entire procedure. Focus on each breath you take instead of what is going on around you. To stay focused on your breathing, close your eyes, take a deep breath in, and slowly exhale. Repeat the words “in and out” in your head as you breathe to stay focused. Create a music playlist on your phone or MP3 player filled with calming music that you can listen to before and during your appointment. Just don’t forget to bring your earbuds with you! Visit your primary care physician before your dental appointment to see if he can prescribe anxiety medication to get you through the visit. Regular dental visits are important to your health, so don’t put off your appointments because you’re afraid. Instead, take the time to share your fears with your dentist and relax before your appointment. Before you know it, you’ll have your dental phobia conquered once and for...

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4 Ways Your Shoes Can Hurt Your Feet

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Most people have had to deal with foot pain at some point in their lives. Studies have shown that more than three-quarters of Americans have suffered from this problem, but most don’t seek treatment for it. These problems can have many causes, but poorly fitting shoes are common culprits. Here are four painful foot problems that can be caused by wearing the wrong shoes. Bunions Bunions are a foot deformity that can be caused by wearing shoes that are too tight around your toes, like high heels with pointed toes. Pressure on the side of your big toe forces it inward, which creates a painful bump at the base of the toe. This condition is very painful, and surgery may be required to fit it back in place. Planter fasciitis Planter fasciitis is another foot problem that can be caused by wearing high heels and shoes that don’t provide enough arch support. These poorly fitting shoes make the tendon in the back of your ankle stiff, which then causes pain when you walk or flex your ankle. Most cases can be treated with non-invasive methods such as stretching and getting well-fitting shoes. Hammer toes Normally, your toes should lie flat against the ground when you stand. For people with hammer toes, their toes are always bent. This condition can cause pain when you stand or walk. Hammer toes can develop if you wear shoes that are too small, since your toes are forced into a cramped position. Choosing shoes that fit properly can help your toes heal. Your podiatrist can also splint your toes to force them to stay straight. Metatarsalgia Metatarsalgia is a condition that causes pain and numbness in the ball of your foot. The pain makes it hard to walk, run, or even just stand up. It can be caused by athletic activities like running or jumping, but it can also be caused by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. This condition can be treated by choosing shoes with proper arch support and shock-absorbing insoles. It’s usually not serious, but it’s still something that you should try to avoid. Foot pain is very common and often thought of as a normal part of life, but you can minimize your chances of developing foot pain by choosing well-fitting shoes. Make an appointment with a professional podiatrist, like Pinker & Associates, to discuss the best type of shoes for your...

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