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Most of us with RA have pain in our feet and ankles. According to an article I read on Medscape, up to 85 percent of people with RA will experience painful feet or ankles at sometime during their life with this disease. During the first year of diagnosis, 57 percent of patients report foot and/or ankle pain.
Statistics are important, but statistics are numbers. What really matters to us is that our feet hurt . When our feet hurt, we have trouble getting around, and that is a bad thing for anyone. Not being able to walk keeps us from going places we want to go. It limits even more the amount of exercise we are able to do on a daily basis, and it isolates us socially.
A few weeks ago, I was experiencing a lot of pain in my feet and ankles. I noticed that I was “shuffling” instead of walking, and I was walking on the inside edges of my feet. My ankles were turning in, as evidenced by the shoes sitting in my closet. They all looked as though a I was wearing them w...
Prevention Maintaining an ideal body weight and an active lifestyle may prevent type 2 diabetes. Currently there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes. There is no effective screening test for type 1 diabetes in people who don't have symptoms. Screening for type 2 diabetes in people with no symptoms is recommended for: Overweight children who have other risk factors for diabetes starting at age 10 and repeating every 2 years Overweight adults ( BMI greater than 25) who have other risk factors Adults over 45, repeated every 3 years To prevent complications of diabetes, visit your health care provider or diabetes educator at least four times a year. Talk about any problems you are having. Regularly have the following tests: Have your blood pressure checked every year (blood pressure goals should be 130/80 mm/Hg or lower). Have your glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) checked every 6 months if your diabetes is well controlled, otherwise every 3 months. Have your cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked...
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