Managing Arthritis in Cold Weather
Cold weather has been known to intensify joint pain associated with arthritis conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. When climate pressure changes occur and this is felt on joints, it affects the fluid that surrounds joints which increases both inflammation and pain.
However, there is no need to worry as there are many tips and tricks. You can use to help manage your arthritis during the winter months.
Dressing warmly during the winter season can be very beneficial in helping joint pain. If you suffer from arthritis, it is important to pay special attention to your extremities such as your hands, feet and head. Make sure to:
- Wear loose layers that will protect you and keep you warm when outdoors. Regardless of whether you are going out for walk or just popping to the shop around the corner, always make sure that you are wearing enough clothes.
- Remember that gloves, hats and scarves are your best friends during the winter months. Our extremities are prone to lose heat the quickest. By keeping these covered when out in the cold weather can reduce the chances of having flare ups.
- Don’t get your feet wet. Wearing waterproof boots are essential in the winter months.
Many of us overindulge in sweet and rich food in winter, especially over the Christmas holidays. However this may cause those living with rheumatoid arthritis to have a flare-up. Try to limit the amount of these foods while still enjoying your holidays.
We know it can be a bit more difficult during the cold winter months but exercise is one of the most helpful ways to deal with arthritis. Exercise helps increase strength and flexibility, boosts energy and helps ease the pain.
Vitamin D and other joint and arthritis medication can help ease pain and increase mobility. Come in and talk to us here at Conefrey’s pharmacy. We will be happy to advise you.