Eight Ways to Reduce Joint Pain Associated with Diabetes

Diabetes is already tough to manage, but when you consider the joint pain that accompanies it, it can be even more difficult. Diabetes is known to damage joints which leads to joint pain, and without properly functioning joints it makes it more difficult to bend, flex, and move. Joint pain, or arthritis, can be caused by aging and wear and tear but diabetes can speed up the damage. Check out these eight ways to help prevent and treat joint problems.

  1. Stretching – Ask your physical therapist or trainer what types of stretches to do or you can look them up yourself. Stretching helps keep your muscles and tendons relaxed and keeps them in alignment so they move correctly.
  2. Resistance Training – Strengthening muscles around your joints is important, but be sure you’re doing the right exercises so you don’t harm yourself.
  3. Aerobics – These exercises improve your knee and hip function. Water exercises like swimming are good for those with painful joints and walking and bike riding are also low impact.
  4. Lose Weight – Even losing a few pounds can help reduce joint paint and make it easier for your joints to work properly.
  5. Heat and Cold Therapy – After activity try applying ice to joints for 10 to 15 minutes to cool them down and reduce inflammation. Use heat while resting to help heal your joints and get them moving again.
  6. Pain Relievers – Over the counter pain relievers like Tylenol, ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil can reduce pain and inflammation. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label.
  7. Supporting Devices – For arthritic knees, try a brace as well as supportive shoes and orthodontics in those shoes.
  8. Quit Smoking – Smoking isn’t good for your overall health, and that includes those with joint pain and diabetes. Smoking places stress on connective tissues which causes more joint pain.

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