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Look at Your Shoes for the Clue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Look at Your Shoes for the Clue Ankles that turn in or out linked to a higher risk for foot osteoarthritis Clearwater, Florida - Your shoes may be a sort of crystal ball to predict whether you’ll develop osteoarthritis in your feet. Excessive wear on the outside or inside of the soles may signal unstable ankles that have been associated with a higher risk of developing the pain and stiffness of foot osteoarthritis. Ankles...

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Hand in Hand: Aching Fingers Improve with Exercise

Hand in Hand: Aching Fingers Improve with Exercise Adults with hand osteoarthritis saw modest gains with targeted exercises Squeezy, squishy hand stress balls may increase your grip strength and relieve pain in your hands while you’re taking out your frustrations about traffic and kids on them. A study of 76 adults with hand osteoarthritis (OA) found a modest increase in grip strength and pain relief over not using them or substituting the therapy...

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Get a Grip: Exercise Improves Hand Strength

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Get a Grip: Exercise Improves Hand Strength In addition to its other benefits, strength training improves stiff, achy hands Clearwater, Florida - Strength training makes you look better at the beach and helps you rake more leaves in the fall, but there are unexpected benefits to using weight machines to buff up. Grip strength which eased the stiff, achy joints of hand osteoarthritis (OA) also improved in 55 subjects who were...

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Rainy Weather Doesn’t Make Those Old Bones Ache

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Rainy Weather Doesn’t Make Those Old Bones Ache Debunking the old wives’ tale about joint pain and the weather Clearwater, Florida - Grandpa may have been convinced that bad weather made his old bones ache but—like other myths about swallowing bubble gum or waiting a half hour after lunch to jump in the pool—the connection between bad weather and an increase in osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms is mostly an old wives’...

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A Weighty Subject: Knee Osteoarthritis Worse in Heavier People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A Weighty Subject: Knee Osteoarthritis Worse in Heavier People Even a modest weight loss improves the symptoms Clearwater, Florida - That beer belly and those thunder thighs you’re trying to get rid of can translate to more pain in the knees. Severely obese people are more than nine times more likely to have knee pain from osteoarthritis than those who are of normal weight, according to a study of almost 600 people with osteoarthritis....

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Time to Put Another Exercise Excuse to Rest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Time to Put Another Exercise Excuse to Rest Exercise won’t make your stiff, aching feet feel worse Clearwater, Florida - Couch potatoes will have one fewer excuse not to hit the bike or the treadmill for exercise: research by a Clearwater not-for-profit that researches osteoarthritis indicates that exercise won’t make aching feet feel worse. A study by the Arthritis Research Institute of America concluded that a regular...

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Another Reason to Help Mom Around the House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Another Reason to Help Mom Around the House Older women have a higher risk of hand osteoarthritis Clearwater, Florida - Remember how Mom told you she worked her fingers to the bone for you? She was probably right. Research on women and hand osteoarthritis shows that stiff, aching hands are indeed more common in older women than in older men. A study of more than 3,000 men and women by the Arthritis Research Institute of America...

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Exercise: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Exercise: The Gift That Keeps on Giving Sticking with an exercise program increases relief from osteoarthritis pain Clearwater, Florida - Sticking with an exercise program is a good idea for cardiovascular health, but it’s also valuable as pain relief from osteoarthritis. A study of 109 adults older than 40 found that those who stuck with their exercise regimen reported a 7.8 percent decrease in their osteoarthritis pain...

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Bad News and (Bad Knees) for Ex-Jocks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bad News and (Bad Knees) for Ex-Jocks Clearwater, Florida - Men with knee injuries have nine times the risk of knee osteoarthritis. Weekend warriors and ex-jocks, beware! That knee you injured catching the game-winning touchdown or water-skiing at Cypress Gardens could come back to haunt you in later years. Serious knee injuries make older adults seven times more likely to develop osteoarthritis at that joint than adults who...

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Are Mom and Pop Responsible for Your Aching Knees?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Are Mom and Pop Responsible for Your Aching Knees? A collaboration between Clearwater researchers and a college in the UK could find the answer Clearwater, Florida - Clearwater’s Arthritis Research Institute of America (ARIA) is partnering with Kings College in London on a groundbreaking project to study osteoarthritis (OA), the “wear and tear” form of arthritis that affects 27 million Americans older than 50. ARIA’s...

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