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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 25, 2018
Category: foot care tips
Tags: Orthotics  

Did you know that there are 33 joints in your feet and ankles? At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we think that’s a very good reason to find ways to keep joints healthy. Although we may often take them for granted, without properly functioning joints in your ankles and feet you would not be mobile. Below is a list of 7 tips to start incorporating into your daily life. Your joints will thank you!

  1. Change it up (and down). Sitting or standing for long periods of time can hurt your joints. The best course is to change your position often to keep joints flexible.
  2. Stop wearing high heels. Some experts say that a three-inch heel puts seven times more stress on your foot than a one-inch heel. The unnatural position that high heels put your feet and toes in can cause deformities as well as stress on your knees and lead to the development of osteoarthritis.
  3. Lose some weight. The joints in your feet an ankle carry the heaviest load. Every pound you lose lessens the strain. Some studies have shown that even losing as little as 11 pounds can reduce your risk of knee arthritis by 50 percent.
  4. Add some color to your plate. By choosing a wide range of colors in your vegetables and fruits you’ll increase the chances of getting the maximum amount of nutrients and antioxidants. Don’t forget calcium-rich foods for stronger bones and those with inflammation-fighting vitamins and antioxidants such as orange juice, salmon, peppers, and cherries.
  5. Cut back on caffeine. You can still have a cup or two to get going in the morning but try to lower the number of cups you drink a day as research shows too much caffeine can weaken bones.
  6. Add a brace. Ask the podiatrist if a brace for your knee or ankle would decrease stress on those joints. Orthotics may prove helpful too by shifting pressure away from injured joints and correcting structural problems in the foot.
  7. Work with your foot doctor. If your joint pain is new or you notice an increase in the severity of pain, swelling or stiffness in your foot and ankle joints contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling:  (724) 225- 7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will want to monitor the progression of any joint issues you are experiencing and will determine the best course of treatment for bringing pain relief and preserving joint health.

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