Researchers conducted a study and found that running produces pounding as the foot strikes the ground, but strikes the ground less since the strides are longer as opposed to walking.
“The discovery provides an explanation for why few runners develop knee arthritis”, said Ross Miller, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland. Measured over a particular distance, “running and walking are essentially indistinguishable,” in terms of the wear and tear they may inflict on knees.
A study published by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, shows that distance running does not play a role into the development of arthritis. The research showed that regardless of the runner’s age, as long as the knees are healthy running does not increase the risk of getting arthritis.
If you suspect you have issues with your feet and believe it may be symptoms of arthritis, general ankle pain, or walking instability, it is recommended to see a podiatrist like Dr. Kevin Sunshein of Sunshein Podiatry Associates. Dr. Sunshein can evaluate your foot and ankle and provide appropriate treatment options.
Arthritic Foot Care
In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.
It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.
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