Once the weather gets cooler, it’s easy to settle into the mindset of “Well, I need to start hunkering down for the winter.” This is the wrong mindset to have. Coming up with ways to remain active and maintain healthy joints is a better way of thinking. Read on to learn ways to combat joint pain and keep your joints healthy once the weather changes.
Stay Active with Gentle Exercises
Staying active is important to keep your joints moving. This will help to disburse the synovial fluid within the joint, keeping it lubricated and distributing nutrients. By staying active, not only will you be helping ease joint pain, but activity has the additional benefits of:
With orthopedic issues, a rigorous exercise program is not recommended, nor is it necessary. Gentle daily exercise is enough. If it’s not too cold outside, take a short walk. If relegated to the indoors, you can go up and down your staircase if you have one in the home.
Gentle stretches with a towel are great for maintaining flexibility and range of motion. Find online yoga videos and use TV time more efficiently by doing jumping jacks, push-ups, or running/walking in place during commercials. (If you’re not streaming your program) 😊
Nourish Your Joints with Seasonal Foods
Fall is host to an abundance of showcased foods that contain anti-inflammatory benefits. These benefits help with knee pain, shoulder pain, and all other joint pain. Pumpkins, gourds, sweet potatoes, and nuts and seeds all contain anti-inflammatory powerhouses. Take advantage of the popular and seasonal foods this fall while simultaneously helping your joints.
Mind Your Footwear and Surfaces
Paying attention to what shoes you wear and surfaces you walk/run on is not only important for ankle and knee pain but for your spine and every other joint in your body. Wearing supportive shoes provides cushioning and stability for your joints. This is particularly important if you walk on a hard surface all day at work or go running or walking on concrete for exercise.
These benefits affect the entire posterior chain of your body. This means that what helps your feet will help your ankles, then your knees. Wearing proper footwear also helps your hips, spine, and everything else.
If You’re Experiencing Long-Term Joint Pain, It’s Time to See an Orthopedic Doctor
There may come a time when you have joint pain, and it does not go away in a few days of rest and light activity. This is when you should visit an orthopedic doctor to make sure something serious is not going on with your joint.
The pain may still recede on its own, but to ensure that the situation is not sinister, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burke or one of his team members at Dr. Burke Orthopedics, the best orthopedic clinic in Texas! You can reach us by calling (713) 436-3488.
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