What is Morton’s Toe?

Toes are funny things. There are short toes, long toes, wide and skinny toes. The ones that cause most people grief are the ones that are crooked and don’t look like they fit your foot.  Some crooked or “funny looking” toes are quite natural and you were probably born with them. Morton’s Toe, where the second toe is longer than …

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Arthritis in the Hip – Four Things to Avoid

arthritis in the hip

As with our other joints, we take our hip joints for granted until they hurt. Once they do, you start to realize how many activities are affected by pain in one joint. Whether you have been diagnosed with arthritis in the hip or have a family history that might make you more susceptible to developing hip arthritis, there are some …

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Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow – What’s the Difference?

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You don’t have to be Roger Federer or Phil Mickelson to have it. Even if you’ve never played a set of tennis or a round of golf, you can still suffer from these elbow injuries. Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow are both overuse injuries that are caused by any activity that requires repetitive motion of the arm and wrist. The difference …

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Ten Ways to Keep Walking


If you find it hard to stick to a regular walking program, be creative!  Putting some variety into your daily routine will make it more enjoyable and a harder habit to break.

1.   Track your progress the high-tech way. Nike’s Ipod program, for Apple iPhones and iPods, for example, goes way beyond your basic pedometer. It allows you to …

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Meditation Can Help Manage Pain

meditation for arthritis pain

If you think meditation is just for hippies, think again. There is solid medical evidence that regular meditation can help manage pain, as well as boost the spirits of arthritis patients who are coping with lifestyle changes, stress, or depression after their diagnosis.

Among the most notable programs for pain management is the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, developed in …

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Swimming and Arthritis


Swimming and Arthritis

Arthritis sufferers know that regular exercise is essential for their joints – and for their overall good health and well-being.  It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps with fatigue. When stiff and painful joints are acting up though, the mere thought of exercise can be overwhelming. The good news  is that its not always …

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Should I Exercise If I Have Arthritis?

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If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, you may think you shouldn’t exercise.  Arthritis is one of the most common reasons people give for not exercising-especially if the disease affects the legs, hips or back. So to answer the question– Should I exercise if I have arthritis?  The answer is an emphatic- Yes! Arthritic patients can and absolutely should exercise!

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WD-40 Can Help People With Arthritis


Everybody knows WD-40 is the product for silencing squeaks, displacing moisture, preventing rust, and loosening stuck parts. You probably have a can sitting in your garage right now. What you probably didn’t realize though is that WD-40 can help people with arthritis, too.

WD-40 was created for the space program by the Rocket Chemical Company in 1953. It took 40 …

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Arthritis and Fatigue – Learning to Cope

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Arthritis and Fatigue

We’ve all been there….. feeling so tired that it’s all you can do to get out of your pj’s and get dressed for the day.  For most of us, this weariness is short lived and comes from “over-doing it” either physically or mentally.  A good night’s sleep and a couple of days of rest and we regain …

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What Foods Should I Avoid If I Have Arthritis?

foods to avoid if you have arthritis

Most of us know that eating healthy is something we should do. Eating a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean sources of protein are important for good health and quality of life.  For those with arthritis, a healthy eating plan can be even more important.  Avoiding certain foods is an important part of that …

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