Weekend mornings at The Green Teahouse in New Haven might provide a relaxing start to the day. The teahouse offers a free 45-minute session of Tai Chi followed by a tea tasting. The smooth, gentle motions of Tai Chi are a great low-impact form of exercise for anyone with osteoarthritis, and you should be taking special care of your joints if you do
When people hear “arthritis,” osteoarthritis is the form that usually comes to mind. It is caused by the “wear and tear” of the protective, cushioning layer of cartilage between the bones of a joint. Given enough time and stress, the cartilage can deteriorate to a point that it doesn’t provide enough protection for the bones. Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling can develop, and the bones can even begin grinding directly against each other.
Osteoarthritis is often a result of use and time, but other factors can increase one’s risk of developing it. An injury such as a fracture or sprain can contribute toward having the condition in the future, but it might take up to several years for it to set in. Abnormalities in foot structure, such as flat feet or high arches, can also produce excess stress on the joints and contribute to this form of arthritis.
The good news is that, the earlier osteoarthritis is discovered, the more effective treatments and lifestyle changes can be to keep the condition from growing worse. If you’re experiencing joint pain in your feet or ankles, give Dr. Sanjay Patel a call at Family Foot Care & Surgery. You can reach us at (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office or (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office.