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hands-545394_640When I had my car accident a few years ago, I broke my ankle in 5 places. For the next eighteen months, I was off my foot a good majority of the time. This gave my ankle time to heal and get intensive therapy from the injury, but over that time my foot and toes began to get stiff. Another doctor would later determine that it was osteoarthritis–an illness that affects your joints more painfully than anywhere else.

First, this illness arises when the cartilage that holds your bones together deteriorates. It may be due to a long laundry list of risk factors. Among them is joint damage. Activities such as bending on your knees, squatting, running, typing and knitting all put stress on your joints. Over time, the cartilage starts to wear away. Think of it like a car speeding each time they drive. Eventually the tires on the car would become thin pieces of rubber.

A family history of arthritis can also indicate whether or not you will encounter it. For example, if your mother or grandfather had tingling in her hands, pains within each digit or it hurt just to squeeze his or her digits into a fist, these are all signs of arthritis. In the case of my foot, I could not stand for my foot to be on the floor. Each step I took was agony.

Another risk factor is lack of exercise. Health experts constantly tell us to eat right and exercise. It turns out they know what they’re talking about here. Actively exercising helps to loosen up your joints, it could lengthen your life and it could help you beat that looming family history. But that’s not the only reason. Exercising is going to help you keep doing those hobbies you love that osteoarthritis made you give up. You should be able to still knit (for us Lady types), for example, or go for your morning walk.

In addition, osteoarthritis is more common in those individuals that are overweight. It’s one thing to be overweight to a poor diet or lack of exercise. Yet, some medications or illnesses can make that weight gain sneak up out of nowhere. If you believe this to be the case, go to see your doctor. They can partner you with a certified nutritionist who will help you get your weight down to a healthy level. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about; if you feel uncomfortable in your body, do the hard work and feel on top of the world.

Finally, as I was going through therapy, my therapist gave me a bottle of Biofreeze to take home and try. If you have any type of arthritis, you’re going to want this in your medicine cabinet. It comes in a cool, green gel that you put on the part of your body that hurts the most. Biofreeze then starts working to freeze, or cool, that area. It takes away the painful shooting pains that come with osteoarthritis. There have been many times that I have been out somewhere and needed relief. So, I would apply this to my foot and I could regain my focus without the pain. It’s truly a lifesaver and you can get it at just about any pharmacy.

Osteoarthritis is painful and it can slow you down. But, you don’t have to give in. Don’t stop doing what you love just because you have sore joints; it’s your life–live it.

How To Treat Osteoarthritis Properly


Jennifer Olson is a professional freelance writer. She is a published author on Amazon as well as a blogger. Meanwhile, Jennifer is a 5-star rated professional proofreader, editor and article writer–offering her writing services on Fiverr.com.


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8 thoughts on “Am I At Risk For Osteoarthritis?

  • 13 April 2018 at 11:10 AM
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    Osteoarthritis is regular in weight-bearing joints — the knees, hips, feet, and spine — and goes ahead bit by bit finished months or years. With the exception of the torment in the joints, it doesn’t make you feel debilitated or have weariness, as different kinds of fiery joint inflammation do.

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  • 6 April 2018 at 2:49 PM
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    Osteoarthritis, one of the commonly conditions of the aged caused by improper diet and some other factors. Exercise and detoxification will really help a lot. Good article.

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  • 26 December 2017 at 9:46 AM
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    Osteoarthritis risk becomes greater for people over 60. Your research really impressed me. Please share some more information about biology of aging in the various joint tissues affected by Osteoarthritis and how to prevent it or slow the progression. I am more interested in order to explore ways to slow the progression.

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  • 19 December 2017 at 3:11 PM
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    I don’t consider osteoarthritis as a joint problem but a nightmare for me. I have been suffering from this issue for the last 3 years now. It started with morning joint stiffness and situation got worse 2 years back. 3 Months ago I watched your video “How To Treat Osteoarthritis Properly” and since then, I am giving a tough time to osteoarthritis. Thank you very much for sharing your research and reviving my health.

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  • 17 December 2017 at 1:43 PM
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    I am not overweight right now but gaining it with each passing day. My physician is of the view that I am going through early stages of osteoarthritis. For the time being, I am using some supplements and working hard on changing my eating habits. Your article is worth sharing, because it contains almost all remedies and suggestions to deal with osteoarthritis. Thank you for doing awesome work for senior citizens.

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  • 28 April 2016 at 11:21 AM
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    Wouldn’t it be true that we are all at risk to some degree? I always thought that and those that have it worse were just more at risk.

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  • 10 April 2016 at 11:07 PM
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    This article is worth reading. Nicely expressed every important detail regarding osteoarthritis. I like the video and knowing how to get rid it properly.

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  • 7 April 2016 at 9:58 AM
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    I think we are all prone to this right? It might come a lot faster if your diet brings it on, or the work that you do might bring it on. Good article!

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