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Happy Feet
Happy  Feet

Our feet are marvels of engineering. Each foot contains about one-eighth of all the bones in our body and 33 joints, more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments that provide support, balance and mobility. Without this amazing design, we wouldn’t be able to walk upright, run or dance. The foot may be the root of osteoarthritis elsewhere in the body. A study of more than 3,400 men and women older than 40 found that those with osteoarthritis in their

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Patients advised to exercise despite arthritis pain
Exercise

Anecdotal evidence over the years has shown exercise — even the most basic small moves — helps. Not until the past couple of decades, however, has exercise been examined scientifically as a treatment for osteoarthritis, with most of the focus on hips and knees. It is now generally accepted that exercise regimens that focus on cardiovascular conditioning and lower extremity strength training help manage the painful and often disabling symptoms.

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The Warning Signs of Osteoarthritis

This is the third in a series of general articles about osteoarthritis. The Warning Signs of Osteoarthritis STIFFNESS is a joint after getting out of bed or sitting for a long time. SWELLING in one or more joints A CRUNCHING FEELING or the sound of bone rubbing on bone. About a third of people whose x-rays show evidence of osteoarthritis report pain or other symptoms. For those who experience steady or intermittent pain, it is typically aggravated

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How Do You Know if You Have Osteoarthritis?

This is the second in a series of general articles about osteoarthritis. Usually, osteoarthritis comes on slowly. Early in the disease, your joints may ache after physical work or exercise. Later on, joint pain may become more persistent. You may also experience joint stiffness, particularly when you first wake up in the morning or have been in one position for a long time. Although osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, most often it affects the

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Osteoarthritis Basics: The Joint and Its Parts

This is the first in a series of general information articles about osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Basics: The Joint and Its Parts A joint is the point where two or more bones are connected. With a few exceptions (in the skull and pelvis, for example), joints are designed to allow movement between the bones and to absorb shock from movements like walking or repetitive motions. These moveable joints are made up of the following parts: Cartilage: a

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Dr. Lissa Fahlman

I remember forty years ago when my grandmother would get gold shots in her knees to help with her rheumatism. Not only did she periodically get the gold shots, she was on such a high dosage of aspirin that she often had ringing in her ears. She also had large nodes on her fingers and trouble with her hands. Like many people of her age, she wasn’t a complainer, but she was not able to do many of the things she wanted to do because of her arthritis

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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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