Study Finds Yoga can Ease Pain of Arthritis of the Feet and Reduce Depression
posted: Feb 11, 2014.
Helpful new research by the University of Cincinnati’s Health Promotion and Education program states that yoga can actually help alleviate both the psychological and the physical effects of arthritis in patients.
According to the Daily Mail, over 2 million people see medical practitioners for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both of those forms of arthritis see benefits from this type of exercise, as stated by the University study, “…by stretching the muscles, yoga can provide physical relief of symptoms around the affected joints.”
Caring for the Arthritic Foot
Humans will walk approximately 75,000 miles in the average lifetime. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and the joints become inflamed and distorted if arthritis occurs, making medical foot care and treatment crucial.
It is best to take care of your feet by wearing proper shoes. Certain conditions can develop as a result of poor footwear, such as hammertoe, neuromas, or bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot can be problematic. Buying shoes that contour to your feet with good arch support can help immensely.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
-Specific exercises that stretch the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can help to alleviate pain temporarily.
It is best to visit your doctor for treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right health care for your feet.
If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Toronto, ON. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.
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