Prevent arthritis and manage your disease in three easy ways. First, educate yourself about the types of arthritis you can get in your feet. Osteoarthritis is the “wear and tear” type that damages the cartilage between the joints, so being careful may head it off. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that involves inflammation of the joints and may not be preventable.

Second, make sure you stay active. Keeping the joints flexible will decrease the pain and stiffness associated with this condition. It’s doesn’t have to be all work and no play, either! Walking is a great way to socialize with friends and get a breath of fresh air. For those with a recent injury, keeping that area flexible is vital in staving off this disease.

Third, lay off the high-impact exercises. Running may cause your cartilage to wear down faster. Switch every other day to a more low-impact exercise. Riding your bike or swimming are good ways to get active without making your feet suffer for it.

Arthritis can be managed if you have the right advice and treatment methods from the experts at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group in Carmichael, CA. Call our office today at (916) 961-3434!

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