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 Ankle pain involves any discomfort in one or both ankles. Alternative Names Pain - ankle; Sprain - ankle; Ankle sprain Common Causes Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain. An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments, which connect bones to one another. In most cases, the ankle is twisted inward, causing small tears in the ligaments. The tearing leads to swelling and bruising, making it difficult to bear weight on the joint. In addition to ankle sprains, ankle pain can be caused by: Damage or swelling of tendons (which join muscles to bone) or cartilage (which cushions joints) Infection in the ankle joint Osteoarthritis , gout , rheumatoid arthritis , Reiter syndrome , and other types of arthritis Problems in areas near the ankle that can cause you to feel pain in the ankle include: Blockage of blood vessels in the leg Heel pain or injuries Nerve injuries (such as tarsal tunnel syndrome or sciatica )
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