Joints are the places where your bones met and they roll, glide, rotate or bend which enable you to carry out your normal daily activities. However over-time healthy joints deteriorate and they are susceptible to wear and tear, damage and in particular arthritis which can cause pain and discomfort.
Therefore we have put together these simple tips below of ways to help you take care of your joints.
- Use your joints wisely
It may sound obvious – but do remember that your larger, stronger joints can take more of a load than smaller ones. So instead of opening a door with your hand and wrist, for example, try leaning against it with your shoulder and hip.
And if you need to carry a heavy load, spread the weight over several joints: wear a backpack or use a cross-body bag with a shoulder strap, rather than holding your shopping bags in your hands.
- Don’t carry too much at once
When shopping, do not overload yourself. Opt for a series of shorter trips at quieter times. Or, even better, do your shopping online.
- Maintain a healthy weight
Being overweight puts you more at risk of joint pain, simply because it places extra stress on your weight-bearing joints.
- Do some exercise
Regular exercise will help you keep your weight in check, as well as boost your energy levels and help prevent stiffness and swelling.
Your joints are designed to keep moving, after all. But do opt for activities that won’t put them under undue strain: swimming is good because it builds strength and suppleness while the water supports your weight. Cycling, Pilates and Yoga are also very effective. However we also recommend you speak to your GP or physiotherapist before starting a new fitness regime.
- Choose the right shoes
Always make sure you wear comfortable, supportive shoes. And remember, your feet may change shape as you get older, so it’s a good idea to get them measured by an experienced fitter, as you may need a different size or width fitting. Here at Adaptawear we recommend Cosyfeet Shoes who provide a range of ladies and men’s shoes for extra wide or swollen feet.
- Never ignore an injury
Even the most innocuous-seeming bump can contribute to cartilage breakdown and increase risk of severe joint pain or osteoarthritis, particularly in older people. So if you’ve suffered a niggling injury or recurrent pain, do get it checked out by your doctor.
- Stop smoking
Need yet another reason to quit? Smoking just a few cigarettes each day can more than double your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to researchers in Sweden, who followed more than 30,000 women over a seven-year period.
- Joint Warmers
If you are struggling with pain in your joints then consider our Adaptawear range of joint warmers to help keep your joints warm which will in turn help protect your joints by softening stiff or twisted muscles. Our joint warmers include knee warmers, back warmers, foot warmers.