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The Right Gait and the Right Shoe for Walking With Arthritis

The Right Gait and the Right Shoe for Walking With Arthritis

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise for people with arthritis. Find out how the right walking posture and the right walking shoe can ease your pain. Walk This Way The right walking form can prevent pain and injuries. “Many people slouch, which can strain the back and throw off their center of gravity,” says physical therapist Corey Feger. Straighten up. Keep your head high and gaze forward. Your back should be straight and your shoulders should move naturally as you swing your arms. Stabilize your core. To stand tall, gently tighten your stomach muscles as you walk. “Think about ...more
Wait, Kids Get Arthritis?

Wait, Kids Get Arthritis?

“Kids don’t get arthritis.”  That’s the first thing Chrissy and Jason Rose said when the doctor told them their 13-month-old son had juvenile arthritis. “As an infant, Carson was a cranky baby,” Chrissy explains. “He would scream and cry and didn’t sleep through the night until he was more than a year old. He would lay on the floor and pull at his legs. We didn’t know what was going on and were kind of going crazy. “We tried everything to get him comfortable. When he was learning to walk, we noticed he appeared to be limping, and he never actually crawled. He ...more
Protect Yourself From the Measles

Protect Yourself From the Measles

Since January 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported nearly 850 cases of measles in 23 states – the largest number of measles infections since 1994. Most people who have been infected were unvaccinated. Although measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, it has made a recent comeback, thanks to travelers bringing the virus in from other countries and a growing population of unvaccinated Americans. How worried should you be? “For most adults, it’s probably not an issue,” says Kevin Winthrop, MD, professor of infectious diseases and public health at Oregon Health & Science ...more
Get the FACTS on Alkaline Water

Get the FACTS on Alkaline Water

When you live with the pain of arthritis, you’ll try anything to feel better. So, your interest may be piqued by the marketing of a healthier water. Alkaline water is touted as providing health through hydration, but does it really help? Minerals in water determine its pH. (A pH above 7 is more alkaline; below 7 is more acid.) Some contend that water treated to have a pH of 8 to 10 reduces the body’s acid load, which allegedly improves bone and immune system health, among other benefits.  These claims, though, don’t square with the scientific evidence – or basic biology. Drinking alkaline water doesn’t affect blood pH, which the kidney, lungs and liver keep steady at a ...more
5 Reasons to Soak in the Great Outdoors

5 Reasons to Soak in the Great Outdoors

Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” is a traditional Japanese practice of immersing oneself in nature by mindfully using all five senses. But you don’t have to lose yourself in a forest to reap the health benefits of being in nature. Something as simple as a walk through a park or by a lake can pay off for your well-being, says Frances Kuo, PhD, founder and director of the Landscape and Human Health Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   “Even just looking at a rooftop garden for 40 seconds helps you sustain attention during mentally fatiguing tasks,” she says, citing a 2015 study. Here are more reasons to embrace the outdoors.   More positive outlook. Participants in a small study who took a 90-minute nature ...more
Squash Your Risk of Tick- and Mosquito-borne Infections

Squash Your Risk of Tick- and Mosquito-borne Infections

More than 30,000 cases of Lyme occur each year across the country, the CDC estimates. To the summer hazards of too much sun and heat, add the perils of tiny pests carrying infections, such as Lyme disease and chikungunya, that cause joint pain.   The number of people sickened by tick and mosquito-borne diseases in the U.S. has risen to record levels recently, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Tick Risks By far the most common tick-borne illness is Lyme disease – transmitted by the deer tick, which grows to about the size of a sesame seed. In up to 80 percent of those infected, Lyme causes a round, red skin lesion that can grow as large as 12 inches wide ...more
It’s Not in Your Head

It’s Not in Your Head

“The pain is just in your head.”  That’s what doctors and family members told Renee Cafaro most of her life. “No one understood how I could be involved in so many activities one day and unable to walk the next. I was accused of making up my pain. I didn’t even feel my parents supported me.” Renee, 35 — a fashion magazine editor now living in New York City — has been in chronic pain since she was 11. Her mom would take her to the pediatrician where everyone agreed she was experiencing growing pains. Renee recalls struggling to walk and experiencing searing ...more
Our Rheumatology Learning Health System Is Starting to Attract Attention!

Our Rheumatology Learning Health System Is Starting to Attract Attention!

A big part of our Collaborating With Patients for Better Health scientific initiative has been development of the Rheumatology Learning Health System (RLHS) in collaboration with some of our major partners. The goal of RLHS is to improve quality of care for pediatric and adult arthritis patients. Suz Schrandt, the Arthritis Foundation’s patient engagement director, was one of the coauthors of an award-winning abstract poster presentation at the recent Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) annual scientific meeting. The poster presentation, entitled “Partnering With Patients and Families to Coproduce Better Care and Outcomes,” won the Patient Engagement Award, competing with ...more
Registration Now Open for Our 2019 Live Yes! Conference of Champions

Registration Now Open for Our 2019 Live Yes! Conference of Champions

We’ve waived registration fees and are offering limited travel awards this month only! Registration is now open for this year’s Live Yes! Conference of Champions, which will happen in Atlanta, Sept. 13-15, 2019.  This exciting event will inspire and educate Arthritis Foundation volunteer leaders, partners and other supporters, as well as our most engaged Arthritis Warriors from across the country. Together, we’ll highlight the progress and impact of the Live Yes! Arthritis Network, which launched last fall, particularly in the areas arthritis patients care about most: improved physical, emotional and social health and better experiences in health care. Combining our two conferences, Arthritis ...more
It Doesn’t Have to Be Visible to Be Real

It Doesn’t Have to Be Visible to Be Real

“I don’t know anyone with arthritis.” This is the most common answer we heard when we recently asked Americans: How many people do you know who are living with arthritis ? Ten years ago, Raquel Masco didn’t think she knew anyone with arthritis either. That’s when she began experiencing unusual symptoms. Searching for Answers “First, something happened to my skin. Then, my hair fell out. I had trouble swallowing. I thought maybe it was allergies, maybe it was just from being active. Then I started feeling tingling in the bottoms of my feet, my hands and pain in my back and legs. “I come from ...more