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By Dr. Phillip Pinsker
December 31, 2013
Category: Arthritis
Tags: arthritis   joints   pain   disability   tips  

    It seems as though the pace of life just gets quicker as the years go by. The days are long, the nights are too short, and the to-do lists just keep getting longer. When joint pain is added to the mix, it can feel even more difficult to keep up.

    According to the CDC, over twenty percent of people in the United States have arthritis, a disease that is the leading cause of disability. It is common for healthy joints to deteriorate over time. The demands of our daily lives and exercise can take a toll. Preventing wear and tear on your joints is important, whether you have arthritis or not, and we’ve highlighted a few easy tips to help keep your joints healthy and strong. First, if you spend a large amount of your day at a desk, keep your chair at a comfortable height. A good rule is for your thighs to be parallel to the ground. You don’t want to be hunching over to write or type.

    At home, keep items you use on a daily basis on shelves that are waist height or higher to avoid repeatedly bending over. When working around the yard, use wheeled devices to help carry loads to relieve strain on your joints. If you carry a purse, briefcase, or piece of luggage, use the shoulder strap or wheels to alleviate strain on your hands and fingers. If you need to lift something heavy, try to slide it along the floor or counter rather than lifting it, and always use two hands instead of one. Lastly, take advantage of the tools available to make things easier such as long handled bath sponges, grips to open jars, and shoehorns.

    If you are suffering from joint pain in your foot or ankle, don’t wait to seek treatment, as it most likely will continue to worsen. Contact Dr. Philip Pinsker for quick and effective treatment. Make an appointment at our podiatric office in Washington, PA by calling (724) 225-7410.

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