5 Ways to Prevent Arthritic Feet

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As our body ages, things can get a little creaky as our joints tend to wear down a little. Here at Westfield Foot and Ankle, we embrace the aging process while looking for ways to slow down some of the less desirable side effects.

One of those common side effects that slow people down is osteoarthritis, the most common arthritis, often referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis. It’s caused by a progressive wearing down of the protective cartilage in your joints. Eventually, your bones get closer and closer to rubbing together and moving hurts more and more.

May is National Arthritis Month, so Dr. David R. Sullivan wanted to kick the month off with these five tips for preventing arthritis in your feet:

  1. Exercise regularly. Stretching and strengthening your body will keep your joints well lubricated and pain-free for longer. Low-impact sports activities, like swimming, walking, yoga, and stretching, are better for your joints as you age.
  2. Get checked out. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Sullivan, can examine your feet to check for issues you might not catch. Biomechanical issues like high arches or abnormal ankles can put strains on your joints. We can help correct them with custom orthotics.
  3. Eat right for your feet. Foods like red meat and shellfish contain a thing called purines. Purines raise your uric acid levels and can cause arthritis in your big toe, called gout.
  4. Keep your weight down. Extra pounds weighing down on your feet’s collective joints can cause them to wear down faster.
  5. Don’t hesitate to get professional care. If you injure your foot or ankle or notice any pain or changes, you should see your podiatrist. If left untreated, the injury could become worse.

As you age, it’s important to keep in contact with your foot care provider. At Westfield Food and Ankle, Dr. David R. Sullivan can help you attain healthy feet at any stage of life. To make an appointment for your child today, call our conveniently located clinic in Westfield, IN at 317-896-6655.