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Living with arthritis? You are not alone!  More than 4.6 million Canadians are affected by arthritis, and it is currently the most common cause of disability in Canada. Your feet are crucial to your mobility, so when arthritis strikes, it’s vital that you are informed about this condition.

Arthritic pain comes in different forms. Common symptoms in your feet and ankles include stiffness, limited motion, recurring pain, redness or heat, and swelling. Most people who suffer from arthritis are afflicted with osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease. This type of arthritis is generally brought on by age and damaged joint tissues being unable to repair themselves. Another form is rheumatoid arthritis. While less common, it is a far more serious form of the disease. More than 50% of cases affect people 40-70 years of age.

Muscle relaxation exercises and reducing stress are excellent ways to manage your pain. Establishing a routine of regular physical activity will help you strengthen your joints, and increase your flexibility and energy.

Those who neglect foot problems early in life are more likely to develop arthritic issues later. If you cause enough damage to your joints and cartilage, it can initiate devastating inflammation in your feet and ankles.

This is why it’s critical to see a foot specialist after any foot or ankle injury. At Markham Foot Care Clinic, we can help in the prevention of arthritic conditions by treating your current injuries. If you are currently suffering from arthritis, Brian Cragg, our chiropodist, can assess your condition and lay out a treatment and management plan for you. Set up an appointment today by calling (905) 294-8087.

By Dr. Brian Cragg
November 23, 2011
Tags: Bruce's Mill   Diabetes   Arthritis   Weight Loss  

When it starts getting closer to Christmas and the weather starts turning chilly, it's pretty easy to forget about the outside world. We put the outdoor furniture in storage, take down the screen door, and buy heat retaining blinds to keep all the warmth in. These are normal things to do, but every once in a while, it's not a bad idea to bundle up and explore the outdoors despite the cold.

Our bodies are made to be active, not closed up in our houses for months at a time. Here's a question: When's the last time you stepped on ground that wasn't man-made? Sometime this week, try taking the dog for a walk outside or taking a hike at Bruce's Mill. Take simple safety precautions like having your phone and dressing warmly, but go out and embrace the outdoors! Stretch your legs out to somewhere that's not the coffee table.

By using and exercising your muscles  regularly, you strengthen the muscles that help support the joints which can help prevent arthritis. By staying active you may also prevent diabetes and many other diseases that can result from lack of exercise.

Making lifestyle choices like walking everyday lead to a healthier and more balanced life. Your body was made for more exciting activities than sitting at your desk.

Markham has lots of recreational activities, sign up for one today: http://www.guidingstar.ca/Recreational_Activities_in_Markham.htm