Staying active helps relieve arthritis pain

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When people think arthritis, it's generally associated with older people.

As people get older, the cartilage between joins naturally breaks down, and can cause painful inflammation as bones rub together.

The most common form of arthritis, osteo-arthritis, rarely occurs in people under 40, foot and ankle pain can take its tool earlier in life. However, just because an active lifestyle can cause early arthritis, doesn't mean a person should stop being active.

Exercise and movement can actually help improve arthritis and pain. Even if the pain doesn't completely go away, here's a few remedies that can sooth aches and pains:

  • Soak feet in warm and cold baths
  • Massage feet and ankles
  • Use ointments and gels
  • Stretch
  • Exercise
  • Seek medical attention

If none of these treatments work, it's best to seek a doctor and professional medical attention.

For more information on arthritis pain and treatment options, visit Mercy Health Orthopedics.

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