Things to stop doing if you have arthritis

When you have arthritis, it can be hard to do the things you once did. Whether it be exercising, running, attending get-togethers, or going on long walks, arthritis dampers these things.

Knowing what arthritis feels like can help you a lot as you figure out how to treat it better. There are things you should do to help it, but there are also things you can STOP doing that will help you feel better.

Here are things you should STOP doing if you have arthritis:


It may hurt to exercise and even walk, but that shouldn’t hold you back from doing the things you love in life. If you stay at home because of pain, you’ll miss many important things. Try your best to work through the pain to enjoy the things you love. 


You may not be able to do the things you used to do. And, hey, that’s okay. Slowing down is sometimes a good thing! Your body may be in pain when moving and stretching, but don’t let that slow you down. Pace yourself and know your limits.

Stop exercising the wrong way

This doesn’t mean you should STOP exercising, it means to do it the right way. More times than not, exercising will help make your joints feel better. Participating in the right kind of exercise will help you in the long run in keeping your joints healthy and well lubricated.

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Stop eating processed food

A healthy diet is key to keeping the pain and swelling down. Your joints, muscles, and ligaments need healthy foods to maintain a proper balance of well being.

Stop smoking

Not everyone smokes, but studies have shown that smoking makes Osteoarthritis arthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) worse. Do you and yourself a favor and stop smoking so you can live longer.


This one sounds harsh, but it means well. The less weight that’s on your knees, ankles, and feet, the less pain you feel.

It’s been researched that losing just one pound would relieve four pounds off the knees. Thus, if you lose 10 pounds, that would be 40 pounds off the knees and ankles. 


You have the power to control your body. And even though the arthritis pain may be bad some days, do let the bad days dictate the good days.

Arthritis Consultants of East Tennessee specializes in rheumatologic care, which is the practice of assessing joints, muscles, and bones for pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity. Contact us or call 865-503-2001 today to find out how we can help you get your life back on track.

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