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Many patients express fear of developing chronic knee pain due to repeated physical exercise, in particular running. There is often a fear expressed that that shock to the knee when that foot hits the pavement is slowly and inevitably destroying the cartilage, sentencing the athlete in question to a lifetime of chronic arthritic pain.
Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of degenerative joint disease of the knee, a potentially major source of chronic pain. And many obese people try to lose weight through aerobic exercise, which often involves running or walking; so are these overweight people actually doing damage to themselves during their exercise sessions?
A study published in the February, 2007 issue of “Arthritis Care and Research” examined the effects of physical activity over time in older adults—many of whom were obese—and found that perhaps all the worry about exercise and knee arthritis is not justified.
Subjects in the study were followed with knee x-rays...
Pain - foot
The following steps can prevent foot problems and foot pain:
Wear comfortable, properly fitting shoes. They should have good arch support and cushioning.
Wear shoes with adequate room around the ball of your foot and toe.
Wear sneakers as often as possible, especially when walking.
Avoid narrow-toed shoes and high heels.
Replace running shoes frequently.
Warm up before exercise, cool down after exercise, and stretch adequately.
Increase your amount of exercise slowly over time to avoid putting excessive strain on your feet.
Lose weight if you need to.
Learn exercises to strengthen your feet and avoid pain. This can help flat feet and other potential foot problems.
Keep feet dry to avoid friction. This may help prevent corns and calluses.
Avoid alcohol to prevent attacks of gout.
Hochman MG. Nerves in a pinch: imaging of nerve compression syndromes.
Definition Alternative Names Pain - heel Considerations Common Causes Most frequently heel pain is not the result of any single injury, such as a fall or twist, but rather the result of repetitive or excessive heel pounding. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick connective tissue on the sole of your foot that attaches to your heel. The pain is usually felt at the bottom of your heel and is often worse in the morning because of stiffness that occurs overnight. The following increase your risk of developing this painful problem: Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles Quick turns that put stress on your foot Tight calf muscles Repetitive pounding on your feet from long-distance running, especially running downhill or on uneven surfaces Pronation -- landing on the outside of your foot and rolling inward when walking or running; to know if you pronate, check the soles of your shoes to see if they are worn along the outer edge Bone spurs in the heel can accompany plantar fasciitis, but are...
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