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5 Ways to Improve Your Joint Health

If you’re already noticing creaking or aching in your joints, know that it’s not too late to get proactive about improving your joint health.

At More MD, experienced physician, John Moran, MD, treats a variety of conditions that impact joint health, including arthritis. Dr. Moran values the importance of preventative care and can help you make the changes you need to protect your long-term joint function.

Why you need to protect your joints

A joint is the part of your body where two or more bones come together. The bones work with muscles and other soft tissues to help you move in different ways.

While there are a number of joints throughout your body, the joints most often impacted by injury or disease include:

When your joint is damaged, it can’t function as it should and can become chronically painful. Joint dysfunction can also limit what you’re able to do physically and if not treated properly, can lead to a permanent deformity and disability.

Take action now to improve joint health for tomorrow

To preserve joint function and prevent a lifetime of pain, Dr. Moran recommends starting with these five ideas for improving joint health:

1. Lose weight

A common reason joints lose function and become painful is because of the excess pressure they’re under from unhealthy body weight. According to the Arthritis Foundation, for each extra pound you gain, you can put four times the stress on your joints, especially your knees.

Conversely, losing even a small amount of your body weight can improve joint health significantly.

2. Keep bones strong

A diet rich in calcium helps to support bone health, which in turn boosts your joint function. You should keep calcium-rich foods in your daily diet or use a supplement to protect your bones and prevent other health issues, like osteoporosis.

Vitamin C is also an essential vitamin to support joint health. Vitamin C can even slow down the progression of existing osteoarthritis, a type of arthritis that wears down the protective cartilage of your joints.

3. Choose the right shoes

To preserve joint health in the long term, make sure you’re wearing shoes that won’t cause complications later. Swap out your high heels and flip flops for a flexible, supportive shoe that has enough room for your toes.

Rubber-soled shoes also cushion your body more and protect the joints in your feet and ankles during physical activity.

4. Always keep moving

A sedentary lifestyle isn’t good for your joints. Make a point to engage in strengthening exercises at least 30 minutes and take frequent breaks when you’re sitting at a desk all day. This helps to reduce stiffness and prevent pain.

If you already have arthritis or other joint disease and find it difficult to exercise, try aquatic exercises in a pool. Working out in the water helps build joint strength without putting unnecessary pressure on your joints.

5. Limit your caffeine intake

A cup of coffee or two may be what you need to start the day but if you’re drinking caffeine around the clock, it can cause your bones to weaken. Weak bones are more susceptible to arthritis and fractures that can cause permanent damage to your joints.

By starting to incorporate healthier habits into your day now, can keep your joints functioning optimally and avoid a life of chronic pain.

If you’re already experiencing joint pain from arthritis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Moran to discuss your options for treatment. You can call the More MD office nearest you or book an evaluation through the online booking feature.

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