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Wrongly diagnosed foot injury may cause arthritis, chronic pain

Ever twisted an ankle or injured your foot and never thought of taking a second opinion after your doctor prescribed you painkillers? Well give a second thought, now. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Review has highlighted the importance of additional imaging, second opinions for accurate diagnosis and treatment. A new study by orthopedic surgeons finds misdiagnosis often results in poor long-term patient outcomes, including arthritis and disability. More than 3 million emergency room visits in the United States each year are related to common foot and ankle injuries….

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5 Foods You Shouldn’t Eat If You Have Psoriatic Arthritis

What to eat (and avoid) if you have psoriatic arthritis If you have psoriatic arthritis, there are a lot of reasons to eat healthy. The autoimmune disease, which strikes up to 30% of people who have psoriasis, can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. And because extra pounds put added pressure on joints—potentially worsening psoriatic arthritis symptoms and leading to deterioration of the joints over time—patients should make it a goal to maintain a healthy weight, says Marie Jhin, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in the Bay Area who…

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Depression May Up Risk of Arthritis, Stomach Problems: Study

Arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression, while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases, a new study has warned. Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists at the University of Basel in Switzerland and Ruhr University Bochum in Germany have identified temporal patterns in young people. Physical diseases and mental disorders affect a person’s quality of life and present a huge challenge for the healthcare system. If physical and mental disorders systematically co-occur from…

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Mild Exercise May Help Elderly to Decrease Arthritis Pain

Low-impact exercise programme helps to decrease pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life in older adults with arthritis and other muscle and joint conditions, finds a study. “Joints will often stiffen if not used and muscles will weaken if not exercised. Our bodies are meant to move, and inactivity leads to weakness and stiffness, and joints with arthritis often worsen with inactivity,” said Theodore Fields, Managing Director of Rheumatology Faculty Practice Plan at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), US. Participants performed chair and floor mat exercises using stretch bands…

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Obesity and Arthritis are Linked: Medical Experts

Various studies have linked rising cases of arthritis with obesity which occurs due to poor lifestyle, food habits and lack of physical exercise, according to medical experts. On the occasion of ‘World Arthritis Day’ observed on October 12, experts said arthritis, a disease of joints, is an autoimmune disorder and has been on the rise in last decade. Most severely affected by osteoarthritis are the knee joints, which may even require replacement. Bangalore-based Obesity Surgery expert M G Bhat said, “Various studies in Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School have…

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Special footwear may not improve knee arthritis

Shoes with modified midsoles designed to relieve pressure on the knee joint don’t improve pain and function for people with knee osteoarthritis any more than a new pair of regular walking shoes, according to an Australian study. Knee osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear of the knee joint, may affect up to a quarter of women and 15 percent of men over age 60, the researchers write in Annals of Internal Medicine. “It is somewhat surprising that we did not observe greater pain relief with the Gel Melbourne OA shoes…

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