Pain and what to do about it:
It’s no secret, I’m overweight and have Osteoarthritis in my knees and hips. So I decided to try to do get some exercise to bring my weight down. For some reason, I’ve been waking at or before 5 am most days, and then I start my 20-30 minute walk on the treadmill. Sounds great, right?
The problem is that my gait, is a bit strange and awkward. As I walk, my left foot kind of looks like it’s not sure where to go. I pronate–or roll my foot to the outside–and that, along with my extra 50 pounds, has worn out the cartilage in my left hip. This makes it almost unbearable to run, difficult to walk long distances, and generally dampens my mood.
Just a moment ago, I searched Medpedia for some answers or suggestions about what I can do to ease the chronic pain I endure. I was almost thrilled to find out that someone who is a good bit older than I asked almost the identical question! In reply to him, another member quoted a medical article on the Scripps website. In the article, I read that “In fact, for every one pound of weight loss, there is a four pound reduction in the load exerted on the joints.”
And that an overweight person losing 15 lbs can cut knee pain in half! This news provides me with the incentive to lose weight more than before. My doctors have told me for years that if I lost weight, my hips and knees would quit hurting, and I’ve always known that, but have difficulty resisting the bag of Oreos or carton of ice cream after dinner.
With the knowledge gained from the Scripps site, I will be able to steel myself against the temptations of sweets. I’ll let you know how much I lose and if my hips are feeling any better in a future post.