I want to continue our discussion of "easy" ways we can treat arthritis by starting with the toughest issue of all: weight. Like it or not, increased body weight is not good for your knees (or your hips, your back, your blood pressure, your...). I could give you lots of statistics like, in the past 15 years obesity rates have doubled, or one out of three kids are now considered obese. I could tell you this, but there is an easier way: go down to the local supermarket and look for yourself.
Notice I said supermarket- not Main Street or a high school basketball game or a Town Hall meeting. In these latter three examples, people made a choice to do an activity they don't have to do. When it comes to shopping for food, EVERYONE does it and thus you'll see a big cross-section of your local population. Start keeping a tally as you walk down the aisles. Unless you live in a college town, you will be horrified.
What we have done in America, and more and more around the globe, is build ...
Treating the cause often improves the gait. For example, gait abnormalities from trauma to part of the leg will improve as the leg heals.
Physical therapy almost always helps with short-term or long-term gait disorders. Therapy will reduce the risk of falls and other injuries.
For an abnormal gait that occurs with conversion disorder, counseling and support from family members are strongly recommended.
For a propulsive gait:
Encourage the person to be as independent as possible.
Allow plenty of time for daily activities, especially walking. People with this problem are likely to fall because they have poor balance and are always trying to catch up.
Provide walking assistance for safety reasons, especially on uneven ground.
See a physical therapist for exercise therapy and walking retraining.
For a scissors gait:
People with a scissors gait often lose skin sensation. Skin care ...
Peripheral artery disease; Claudication; Intermittent claudication; Vaso-occlusive disease of the legs; Arterial insufficiency of the legs; Recurrent leg pain and cramping; Calf pain with exercise
Talk to your doctor about the cause of your leg cramping and about what to do at home to relieve it. A healthy diet is important tokeep atherosclerosis from getting worse.
A program of daily walking for short periods, and stopping for pain or cramping, may help improve function.You MUSTstop smoking.
Avoid placing hot or cold items on legs. Avoid tight shoes.
Have your doctor check any non-healing wounds on the lower legs and feet.
Call your health care provider if
There are many other causes of leg pain such as arthritis or low blood potassium. However, some causes of leg pain may be life-threatening such a blood clot in the legs. Seek medical attention if you have:
Leg pain that does not go away
Legs that are red, hot ...
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