Health

There is a flood of information out there regarding treatments and advice to successfully manage your arthritis pain.  But how do you determine which treatments will be effective? Before you jump into the world of expensive prescription medications, steroids, injections, supplements, and skin creams, try these tips to effectively manage your arthritis pain, without breaking the bank.

Because our feet act as shock absorbers for the rest of our body, they can endure a massive amount of daily wear and tear from activities like walking and running. Withstanding the friction and impact from these activities can leave your feet vulnerable to pain and injury. Luckily there are some easy steps you can take to keep your feet happy and pain free.

For many of us, the decision to go work out is a constant battle of willpower, even if we did set a New Year’s resolution back in January. Boredom and fatigue are two big reasons people start to slack off from their weekly gym sessions. Without variety, it’s easy to become bogged down by the tedium of exercise. As our eyes glaze over, we are immediately drawn to the comforts of the familiar: staying home, in bed, watching TV, doing literally anything other than running another mile on this treadmill. Fortunately, working out doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, there are many ways to find joy in exercise!

Imagine you’re the guard in your high school soccer team. The teams are tied and you’re the last one standing between their attacker and your goalie. You manage to kick the ball away from the offense, then suddenly feel a *pop* in your inner thigh. Something doesn’t feel right. You start stumbling, and then the pain hits. This pain could feel mild, like a dull ache and slight weakness in your leg as you regain your balance; it could be severe enough to leave you immobile as you’re carried back to the bench by your teammates. If you’ve ever had a groin pull before, you may recognize the issue right away. However, this injury isn’t exclusive to soccer players. A tear or rupture appearing in your groin muscles can disrupt your activities and diminish leg strength.

If you notice your hips popping or snapping when you move a certain way, don’t be alarmed. There are many possible reasons why you might feel a click or snap in your hip during movements. Hip snapping is a common occurrence, especially in physically active people. However, chronic hip snapping followed by pain is often a telltale sign of a condition called “snapping hip syndrome.” This syndrome is more commonly known as dancer’s hip, due to its prevalence in dancers, but can develop in almost anyone.