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Ankle Joint Injuries & Sprains

A sprain is an injury to ankle ligaments - the structures responsible for holding the ankle in the appropriate alignment. Depending on the position of the foot and the motion of the body, different ligaments may be injured. The most commonly affected ligaments are those on the outside or lateral aspect of the ankle. The typical mechanism by which these occur is rolling the ankle with the foot pointed down and inward. The severity of the ankle sprain is dictated by multiple factors, the most important of which is the energy imparted by the injury to the ankle.

Don't over do it!

Reducing your weight can help Reduce Joint Pain, especially if you have osteoarthritis or osteoporosis. While exercising is important,  Overdoing it may possibly do more damage than good. Keep the lines of communication open with  your Dr and when you experience pressure or pain with your joints, certainly let him to or her know. You should start off slow before starting a challenging regimen. Certain exercises, like running and jogging, can put added strain on knees.

Over the counter supplements and healthy joints

 

 Glucosamine, a supplement made from the shells of crab, lobster and shrimp, has been shown to ease joint pain and stiffness, particularly in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Some studies suggest that it may contribute to cartilage repair.

Ergonomics and joint health

Compute smarter. Avoid neck pain by placing document holders and computer monitors and positioned at eye-level, along with hands-free telephone headsets, can reduce neck strain. -Compute comfortably. Your upper body should be spaced 20 to 26 inches from your computer monitor, the top of which should be at an even line with the top of your head when your head is in neutral position. Your arms should hang comfortably at your sides, elbows at a right angle, with your wrists relaxed while typing.

Tips to elude joint strain

Even more things you can do to relieve joint strain

Handling heavy loads. To make heavy loads easier to handle, use your largest, strongest joints and muscles to take stress off smaller hand joints and to spread the load over large surface areas. When you lift or carry items, use the palms of both hands or use your arms instead of your hands. Hold items close to your body, which is less stressful for your joints. For joint safety, slide objects whenever possible rather than lift them.

Keeping your knees pain free

It is very important to keep your knee strong and healthy, especially if you've had a recent injury or surgery. Here are some exercises that your doctor may recommend:

Low Impact Aerobic Exercise – Swimming and riding a stationary bike are great low impact exercises that help build strength in your knee. Stop any exercise that causes increasing pain.

Don't Let Joint Pain Slow You Down

The joints in your body are involved in every activity that you do.
Simple movements such as walking, bending, and turning require the use
of hip and knee joints and normally all of these joints work together
and move without pain, but when the joint becomes injured or diseased,
the resulting pain can severely limit your ability to move and work.
Whether you're considering a total replacement of your joints, or just
beginning to explore treatment, OMNI is here to help you. Our website