Serious knee injuries can dramatically affect a person’s life by affecting his or her ability to walk and be active. Here are some ways to help avoid a knee injury from occurring.
Have a Healthy Diet
By keeping bones strong, you can help mitigate injuries that may occur. Eat a diet that provides enough calcium and vitamin D to ensure that your body absorbs the nutrients it needs. Some high-calcium foods include:
A healthy diet can also help you lose excess weight. This is important because your knees are responsible for carrying the majority of your body weight. Strive to achieve a healthy body mass index. Each extra pound that you carry adds as much as three pounds to the amount of pressure that your knees feel when walking or ten pounds when you are running.
According to a study that the National Institutes of Health reviewed, individuals who were overweight and lost about 11 pounds decreased their risk of developing osteoarthritis by half.
Regular exercise is critical to maintaining strength in your knees.
Ideally, complete weight-bearing exercise for at least two hours each week. Resistance exercises should also be completed at least two days a week.
Exercise ensures that your muscles do not weaken, which would decrease the amount of support your joints have and cause certain body parts to be vulnerable to misalignment. Daily exercise is preferable to infrequent, strenuous exercise. Aim for exercises that build stamina, strength and flexibility, such as biking, yoga, weight-lifting or walking.
Wear the Right Shoes
The right shoes can make a big difference on the health of your knees. Strive to wear shoes that provide an even distribution of your body weight so that you are not putting extra stress on your knee joints. Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes and opt for shoes with good arch supports.
A specialty store may be able to help if you have some common problems that may affect your knees, such as:
Uneven leg length
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If you’ve sustained a serious injury that was caused by a negligent party, a Tampa personal injury lawyer may be able to help. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 for more information.