Are you new to arthritis? If you’ve just recently been diagnosed with arthritis, educating yourself is your best strategy when it comes to navigating the future of your health and comfort. Arthritis is an umbrella term for several types of conditions and diseases that impact the joints within our bodies. Considering there are over 100 types of arthritis, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis by sharing your experiences with healthcare professionals.
Did you know that arthritis affects nearly 350 million people worldwide? In the United States alone, nearly 40 million people are affected. Considering these numbers, chances are pretty high that you already know someone with arthritis (besides yourself!). A support system made up of both your podiatrist, Dr. Michele Kurlanski, as well as friends and family who may also have arthritis, is a great way to stay ahead of the game.
Because arthritis can cause pain and swelling in various joints throughout our bodies, most commonly in our feet and ankles, the initial diagnosis can be discouraging to someone who wants to stay physically active. Dr. Kurlanski encourages folks with arthritis to reconsider their perspective by being especially proactive with their foot and ankle health. Though it may seem counterintuitive, staying active becomes even more important when you’re diagnosed with arthritis. What else is important when it comes to staying on top your arthritis symptoms?
Low-impact exercise - Countless studies have shown the positive impact daily exercise has on managing arthritis pain! It’s important to exercise within your means, use supportive footwear, and to not over-do-it. Think swimming, biking, weight lifting, or using an elliptical!
Compression sleeves - If you’re not currently physically fit, compression sleeves can be a helpful tool when you get started. Exercise might trigger some discomfort and swelling at first, but compression sleeves can help you recover faster by improving your circulation.
Cold + Hot therapy - Depending on your symptoms, cold or hot therapy may help reduce pain and discomfort. Check with Dr. Kurlanski to see what’s right for you, and be sure to ask about cold-laser therapy to speed up your healing and reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
Don’t let arthritis be something you simply suffer from - our team at Lighthouse Foot and Ankle Center in Scarborough, Maine wants to help you thrive. Call us today at 207-774-0028 to schedule your next appointment.