Sunday, June 07, 2009

Health Tips for June 7

Health Tip: Drive Safely With Arthritis

Arthritis can make the joints in your arms, shoulders and hands stiff and swollen. It can also make driving a car a challenge, including affecting your ability to see other drivers next to you or behind you.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says regular exercise can help make driving easier and safer. So can medications designed to manage your arthritis -- as long as they don't make you drowsy, the agency advises.

If you find that you have trouble driving, speak with your doctor. Special devices can be installed in your car to make it easier to drive. But first, you'll need to be trained on how to use these appliances.

Health Tip: Triggers for Foot Arthritis

Arthritis can cause pain and swelling in any joint, and the joints of the feet are no exception.

The American Podiatric Medical Association says the following triggers may contribute to foot arthritis:

  • An injury to the foot, especially one that was left untreated.
  • A bacterial or viral infection such as pnuemonia or Lyme disease.
  • Bowel disorders such as ileitis or colitis.
  • Use of certain prescription drugs or illicit drugs.
  • Research has suggested that genetic history may also play a role in the development of arthritis.

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