Health & Fit Here's How to Prevent Aching Legs and Joints on Your Next Long Flight
If you sit all day long, try leg flossing to loosen up
This helps bring fluidity to your body.
Flying conditions can create the perfect joint-pain recipe - cramped seating space, sitting in one position for hours, and swelling due to high altitude.
For that inevitable moment when discomfort strikes,, DPM, a director at the Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Center associated with the New York Hospital for Special Surgery, spelled out three ways one can get active - even if you're stuck in the .
Pump Your Feet
While sitting on the plane, pump your feet as if you're pushing on a gas pedal to move blood out of the, which are many times the site for DVT (deep vein thrombosis), says Dr. Positano.
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Talk a Walk
Every hour, Dr. Positano suggests getting out of your seat and walking to the back and front of the airplane to, tendons, and ligaments in the lower extremities - this includes from the feet and ankles to the lower back.
"The foot and ankle will naturally swell at higher altitudes," he explains. If you have a preexisting injury, present swelling could increase midflight, causing tightness in the shoe and subsequent pain.
Do Figure Eights
Pretend there is a pen on the top of your big toe, and draw imaginary figure eights with your foot and ankle, instructs Dr. Positano. By doing this, you're preventing stiffness in the ankle and foot joints, which can also help with your balance when you decide to stand up.
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Bring Key Supplies
Just like you'd prepare to drown out noise with headphones and a, there are tools that can help you get ahead of travel-induced body aches, too.
Carry-on space is always precious, but, a chiropractor specialist affiliated with the New York Hospital for Special Surgery, suggests making room for , a portable foam roller, and a pillow if you're in need of head-to-toe aid.
are great for stretching out shoulders, the lower torso, and hips, while foam rolling before boarding your flight addresses tightness in thighs, quads, hamstrings, and calves. Placing a pillow at the base of your spine during your travels can offer much-needed lower back support, too.
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Can osteoarthritis be prevented and how?
EXPERT ADVICE - Regular physical activity is recommended for better cartilage, says Prof. Francis Berenbaum *.
Osteoarthritis, the most common disease in rheumatology, is the leading cause of disability after 40 years. It is manifested by joint pain and loss of mobility that can affect all joints: the spine, fingers, knee and hip. Other joints (shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle) are more rarely affected. The joints, areas of junction between two bones, consist of the cartilage that rests on the bone, all surrounded by the joint capsule. Inside this capsule, the synovial membrane produces the lubricant that facilitates the movement of the joint.
The function of the cartilage is essential: it allows the sliding of the bones on one another without friction. But in the case of osteoarthritis, following initiating factors, the cartilage becomes fragmented. The debris comes into contact with the synovial membrane, triggering an inflammatory response. This phenomenon promotes fragmentation of the cartilage and leads to a vicious circle. The destruction of cartilage extends to all structures of the joint, including the bone.
biomarkers The destruction of cartilage is a pathological process related to several factors. Indeed, there is not one osteoarthritis, but several:
- post-traumatic osteoarthritis is linked to a repetition of small traumatisms or to an intense or brutal sporting or professional accident (rupture of the cruciate ligament, lesions of the meniscus…). For example, half of meniscectomy patients will have knee osteoarthritis within 10 years of trauma;
- osteoarthritis associated with metabolic syndrome and obesity often affects multiple joints at once, so called generalized osteoarthritis. It affects overweight people and especially patients over 50 years old;
- With age, osteoarthritis is common and is due to aging cartilage cells and bone. Currently, treatments act on symptoms and relieve pain, but no therapy can block the destruction of cartilage. Prevention measures are therefore essential to fight osteoarthritis. In the same way that we call the peak bone mass the maximum amount of bone mass reached (usually around 20-30 years), we could speak of a "peak in cartilage quality". To prevent osteoarthritis, this peak of quality should be maintained as long as possible, preserving the cartilage from childhood. Thus, the prevention of osteoarthritis requires an education to protect the joints.Educating children and adolescents
While young audiences admire and would like to imitate the athletic performance of footballers and high-level athletes, it is worth remembering that they are trained, muscular, and that their movements could lead to severe trauma at home. unprepared people. It is therefore necessary to educate children and adolescents (in clubs but also at school) to a better sport practice including warm-ups and exercises to stabilize the joints.
To spare these joints, it is therefore not necessary to solicit them too intensely, but that does not mean that we must not move. Regular physical activity is recommended for better cartilage. Against osteoarthritis of the knee, studies have shown that walking is beneficial. For example, 6,000 steps per day on average would protect the joints (to be adapted of course according to the capabilities of the patient).
The prevention of osteoarthritis also involves the associated risk factors, in particular obesity and overweight. An obese person is three times more likely to have osteoarthritis. In order to predict the progression of osteoarthritis in the early stages, our Inserm team tries to highlight biomarkers as well as new therapeutic targets. The objective is to determine the clinical, biological or radiographic factors predictive of finger osteoarthritis, based on a cohort of 400 patients (Digicod cohort,).
We are also conducting research in a network of seven French laboratories working on osteoarthritis (Road-Fondation Arthritis network). These studies, conducted in humans and animals, aim to better understand the role of each risk factor in the progression of osteoarthritis.
* Head of the Rheumatology Department at Saint-Antoine Hospital, AP-HP, Pierre-et-Marie-Curie University, Head of the Age-related joint diseases and metabolism team at Inserm 938.
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