Joint pain can stop you in your tracks, affecting your ability to carry out work-related tasks or enjoy the leisure activities you love. The knee is the largest joint in the body, often bearing the brunt of activities such as walking, running, and playing sports. Fortunately, you can take an active role in preventing knee pain to retain strength, flexibility, and mobility throughout your life.
Regular exercise improves the body’s fitness and protects the joints. However, if you are concerned about knee pain, you may also be concerned that exercise could make it worse. The key to exercising for healthy knee joints is to find low-impact activities that match your current fitness level. Talk to your orthopaedic specialist or physical therapist for help developing a knee-friendly exercise program suited to your needs.
If you are overweight, your knees must work harder to support excess body weight every time you move. Losing just a few pounds can drastically improve the health of your joints and reduce or prevent pain. Weight loss is best achieved through a combination of diet and exercise. Your physician can help you custom-tailor a healthy weight loss program that will meet your goals and prevent joint pain.
Wear Proper Footwear
Poorly-fitted or unsupportive footwear can actively damage the knee joints and cause pain. High heels are well known for causing knee and other joint problems; if you want to wear heels, choose shoes with a lower heel of two inches or less. Additionally, make sure any shoes you do choose fit properly and are secure on your feet. Shoes that don’t fit properly can cause trips, falls, and twists that injure the knee joints.
If you are experiencing knee, hip, back, or neck pain, Suburban Orthopaedics offers the diagnosis and treatment options you need to enjoy a healthier, pain-free life. Our comprehensive orthopaedic practice offers pain management, physical therapy, and partial and total joint replacement options in Bartlett and beyond. If you’d like more information, please visit us on the web or call (630) 372-1100