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'Wear right footwears to avoid knee arthritis'

india Updated: Aug 13, 2010 11:29 IST
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Right type of footwear along with healthy food can help avoid chronic problems such as acute knee arthritis that happen due to unhealthy lifestyle.

Dr Raghu Raman of the Hull Yorkshire Medical School says knee arthritis, which used to happen to Indians above 60 years of age is now happening to young ones too and the obvious reason is poor eating habits and unhealthy lifestyle.

"Life of artificial knee, implanted in cases of acute knee arthritis, is roughly 12 years. Thus if one gets replacement at the age of 50 years a revision surgery will be required at the age of 63-64 years. Therefore, I would suggest the young generation to start taking care of their knees that bears 90 per cent of the body weight," Dr Raman said.

"Apart from a balanced diet that is rich in calcium and minerals wear shoes that fit your feet and do not go for the TV commercials. A shoes may look good but may harm your foot when walking," he said.

Dr Raman was in city to interact with orthopaedic surgeon on Viscosupplementation, a treatment where gel-like substance is injected into the knee joints as lubricating fluid in case of knee arthritis.

Explaining about the medication for the arthritis, Dr Raman said drugs such as Ibuprofen could be taken to reduce stiffness and swelling.

"Surgery is required in the acute stage but even the surgery can be delayed with the help of Viscosupplementation," he said.

Choosing footwear

# Always wear shoes that best fit your foot. Do not go for a size bigger or smaller.

# Don't go by the looks of the shoe. Check to see if the shape of the shoe is same as your foot's shape.

# Change footwear when the sole gets damaged and your foot tends to lean on one side.

# Shoes for walks should have sole that gives a little bump to the foot.