My name is Melinda Johnson and I suffered with foot pain for many years. I went to see a podiatrist and after an examination, I was told that I had heel spur syndrome. I followed the recommendations of my doctor by doing at home treatments along with physical therapy. I was amazed at how much these treatments helped my foot pain. Living with pain can have a big impact on your life and that's why I started this blog. My foot pain kept me from doing many things that I enjoy and I want to help others who are going through the same situation. As you browse through my blog, you'll learn about home treatments, medical procedures and new advancements in medicine that can help reduce pain. It is my hope that by writing this blog, you can live pain free too.
If you suffer from chronic pain, the winter months can be particularly difficult. Cold temperatures can increase the amount of pain you experience, especially where conditions such as arthritis are concerned. Luckily, there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of chronic pain you experience during the winter months. Here are just four of the methods you can use to alleviate the pain and discomfort you're experiencing this winter.
Increase Your Exercise
When you suffer from chronic pain, it's important that you continue to move as much as possible. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to get out and exercise during the winter. To help alleviate some of the pain, get up and move several times a day. If you can't get to the gym to exercise during the winter, find ways to exercise from the comfort of your own home. One way is to walk in place several times a day. If walking is too painful, stretch your muscles from a seated position. The added movement will help keep your blood flowing, which can reduce the pain you're experiencing.
Work on Your Diet
If you suffer from chronic joint pain, some of the discomfort could be associated inflammation. This is particularly true if you've been diagnosed with arthritis. Unfortunately, cold weather can increase the severity of arthritis pain. One way to alleviate the pain associated with inflammation is to make changes to your diet, especially if you currently eat a lot of processed foods. Processed foods can increase joint inflammation. You can reduce the inflammation in your joints by switching to a diet that's high in whole, non-processed foods.
Avoid Winter Chills
If you experience more severe chronic pain during the winter months, work on keeping your body warm. Winter chills can increase your pain levels, especially during bouts of freezing temperatures. If you notice that your pain gets worse as soon as the temperatures start to dip, especially in your hands, feet, and joints, increase your warmth. Wearing gloves and heavy socks will help alleviate some of the winter pain.
See Your Doctor
If chronic pain interferes with your daily life during the winter, see your doctor as soon as possible. There are chronic pain services available that will help alleviate the discomfort so that you can resume your normal activities. It's particularly important for you to visit your doctor when all other methods of pain relief have failed.