Bone and Joint Action Week is almost over! The awareness-raising week, running from October 12th to the 20th is full of events focused on musculoskeletal issues. Bone and joint issues are significant to know about because it affects about half of the US population older than the age of 18. These conditions range from back pain to bone infection and arthritis. Traumatic injuries, as well as problems from childhood can result in musculoskeletal issues as well.
From a podiatry standpoint, we are very concerned about how musculoskeletal issues can affect your foot and ankle health because of the many bones, joints, and soft tissues that are in your feet. You may not realize it, but your feet and ankles have many moving parts that keep you stable and mobile. We cannot stress enough, the importance of taking care of your feet by taking care of your bone and joint health!
Review the following tips for proper care:
- Look for symptoms of bone or joint issues. Symptoms can start with pain and progress to become inflamed or stiff. Stress fractures can develop or get worse, and muscles can feel like they are being pulled.
- Lengthen and straighten your skeleton. It may sound funny, but your body’s structure and posture are determined by the skeletal system. The more effort you put into keeping a straight stature, the less likely you are to have issues or pain from spinal problems.
- Take care of your bones – Eating a healthy diet, as well as regular strength-building and aerobic exercises are crucial for healthy bodies.
- Exercise, but protect yourself. While it’s important to build strong bones and muscles while keeping joints fluid, intense exercise and contact sports can lead to severe injuries. Make sure to use proper protective gear and equipment, and always warm up and stretch.
- Use orthotics – If you already have musculoskeletal issues from childhood or from traumatic injury, you may need to use orthotics to relieve pain and prevent worsening symptoms.
If you are worried about musculoskeletal issues, make an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group. Our podiatrists, Dr. Mark E. Reiner, Dr. Michael A. Haughey, Dr. William G. Coates, and Dr. Erik D. Rosenlof can perform a thorough assessment at our Jonesboro, AR office to treat your feet and ankles and keep them strong.