Is it bad to crack your knuckles?

Whether you call it cracking or popping, there is a good chance you were asked to avoid doing it as a child. But does the supposed harm of this habit fall under fact or myth?

Is it bad to crack your knuckles?We know knuckle cracking is quite common as an estimated 25 to 45 percent of us seem to do it. Before answering the above question, it helps to understand what exactly happens when we ‘pop’ our joints. For one, that sound of popping does not actually come from your bones. The space in a joint, […]

Here’s why orthopaedic shoes may not really be good for our feet

New research has made a surprising finding about the function and effects of foot calluses, leading investigators to question how good orthopaedic shoes really are for foot health

Here’s why orthopaedic shoes may not really be good for our feetHumans – that is to say, our modern ancestors, Homo sapiens – have been around for at least 195,000 years. Yet, it was only maybe 40,000 years ago that our species invented footwear. Anthropologists understand that, up until that point, humans and their predecessors had no way of protecting their feet, other than naturally formed […]

Lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of gout attacks

Lifestyle measures, such as dietary changes, can help lower levels of uric acid, the chemical that deposits in joints and causes gout. However, for most people, changes in diet alone are not enough to prevent gout. To reduce uric acid levels enough to stop attacks, medication is usually needed. Still making changes in what you eat can lead to fewer gouty flares

Lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of gout attacksIn the past, doctors often handed their patients a list of foods high in purines and instructed them not to eat those foods. By itself, that hasn’t been shown to be particularly helpful. More recently, experts have begun thinking about diet differently. Instead of trying to figure out which individual foods you should avoid, the […]

Here’s the proper way of holding your smartphone

Using a smartphone over an extended period of time puts an excessive amount of pressure on the hand, especially on your little finger. This stress could lead to the strain on the finger and may make it prone to deformity in the long-run. Today, we offer tips on how to position and handle your smartphone the right way to avoid strain on hand joints

Here’s the proper way of holding your smartphoneIn the past decade or so, there has been an incredible rise in the number of users of smartphones. This has caused a paradigm shift in the way the world communicates with each other. Social media, e-mails, texts messages, and phone banking are some of the uses that has caused this generation hooked on to […]

Foods that can ease your arthritis pain

Any kind of pain or disorder affecting the joints is usually referred to as arthritis. There are over 100 types of arthritis. The general treatment for arthritis may include resting the joints and alternating between applying ice and heat

Foods that can ease your arthritis painWeight loss and exercise may also be useful. However, one of the easiest ways to ease the symptoms of arthritis is to add these foods to your diet. Broccoli Broccoli is rich in vitamins A and C and is a good source of vitamin K, which may reduce inflammatory markers in the blood, studies suggest. […]

Smoking causes irreversible damage to 9 organs

Smoking is a terrible habit, we all know that. It is proven to cause cancer, yet we have people who put their health on the line. Listed below are the different body parts which are impacted by smoking. You may want to consider quitting, if you are a smoker for a healthier lifestyle which will be less taxing on the organs of your body.

Smoking causes irreversible damage to 9 organsJoints Pain and inflammation in your joints? Smokers are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis (RA). And RA medications don’t work as well on people who smoke. Scientists aren’t sure why. Skin You can expect wrinkles, sooner. Smoking speeds up your skin’s aging process. It can make the skin of a 40-year-old look like that […]

All you need to know about Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects young people. Over time, AS can lead to fusing of the bones of the spinal vertebrae which affects mobility and can thus disrupt a person’s personal and professional life

All you need to know about Ankylosing SpondylitisThe term ‘ankylosing spondylitis’ is derived from the Greek words ankylos which means ‘bent’, spondylos which means ‘spinal vertebra’ and -itis that refers to inflammation. AS is a condition where there is swelling (inflammation) and pain in the spine or in the joint where the pelvic bone meets the base of the spine. Some of […]

Exercise to keep your joints flexible and strong

Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. Exercise improves improve joint strength. It can also help you lose weight, which takes pressure off aching joints. If you have any joint issues, ask your doctor before you start a new exercise program so you know what you can do safely

Exercise to keep your joints flexible and strongSwimming, walking, cycling, jogging, running and weight training can help. If you have some mild muscle soreness after you start a new exercise, that’s normal. In case of lasting pain, see your doctor. “It is recommended that 30-45 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise must be undertaken 5-6 days per week to stay healthy. This […]

Know about the health conditions and pain on top of the foot

Pain on top of the foot may seem like an unusual location, particularly if no obvious injury took place there. However, this area can be affected by a variety of conditions and injuries beyond a bone fracture or bruise

Know about the health conditions and pain on top of the footThe foot has a complex set of tendons, muscles, joints, and bones that enable it to work properly, as well as withstand walking, standing, and other everyday movements. Many health conditions and injuries, however, can upset the foot’s movement and balance, causing problems and pain. Most foot pain requires, at the very least, rest and […]

Joint pain: A rising phenomenon amongst youth, say experts

It is a common perception that joint pain is related to age and is common in the elderly population. But recently, there has been a rise in joint pain among the younger patients. According to experts, the reasons behind this are faulty lifestyle, sports injuries, unsupervised exercises and dietary insufficiency

Joint pain: A rising phenomenon amongst youth, say expertsA 14-year-old, enthusiastic and energetic Leena Shah (name changed) dodged between her school, basketball classes and tuitions. She was the school basketball team leader and was soon going to play at the district in the coming months. But there was a striking pain in her calf-muscle and bilateral knee-pain, something that wouldn’t go in spite of […]