Thanks to COVID-19, we’ve needed to keep away from public spaces and not go out unless it is necessary. For many of us that can mean we are stuck inside for a large chunk of the day.
There is a lot more flexibility to work from home these days, so we are sitting a lot more during the day.
Too much sitting or laying down can cause pain in your knees when it comes to arthritis. Below are a number of do’s and don’ts when it comes to managing arthritic knee pain.
Arthritis Knee Pain Dos:
Try to keep active as much as you are able. Too much, can cause the muscles that support our knees to become weak and this can lead to longer-term problems.
Kneeling or standing for long periods of time can put a strain on our knees. Avoid this where you can.
Try some low-impact exercise such as walking, swimming, or cycling. These activities are good for the knees. Versus Arthritis has some great indoor exercises and stretches to help with knee pain.
Don’t be afraid to use walking aids. Walking aids such as a cane or a crutch can take a lot of the pressure and strain away from your knees and they can be invaluable when a flair-up arrives.
We all like sweet treats and delicious pastries and creamy sauces but too much of this can have a significant effect on your weight.
Keeping yourself at a healthy weight can make a big difference when it comes to the strain on your knees.
Our knees must support the majority of our weight all the time. This is why keeping a healthy diet is crucial to knee health.
Arthritis Knee Pain Don’ts:
Resting is just as important as exercise when it comes to arthritis and it’s important to find the right balance for you. To much rest can weaken your muscles and this can worsen joint pain.
Talk to your doctor or a physiotherapist if you are unsure where to start and what exercises options are better for you.
Don’t Jar your Joints:
Avoid jarring activities such as running, jumping, squatting and lunges are considered high-impact exercises. These activities can further injure painful knees. They can certain worsen knee pain and if done incorrectly, cause injury.
Avoid Bad Shoes:
Are good pair of shoes are worth their weight in gold. Flat pumps or steep heels can worsen knee pain. Doctors will generally recommend cushioned insoles as they would reduce the level of stress on your knees.
If you are unsure, talk to your doctor or a physical therapist about where you can get the right shoes and/or insoles.
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