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Chronic knee pain can be excruciating – and extremely debilitating. In fact, it’s not until you start experiencing pain in this joint that you realize how much you rely on your knees during daily life.
Walking upstairs, even walking to put the kettle on can be a painful experience, and forget running for a bus. It’s just not possible. However, there are ways to relieve knee pain without resorting to surgery or a knee replacement.
Of course, being unable to exercise makes it even more difficult to shift any extra pounds, but any weight you can lose will ease the burden on your knees. Think about changing your diet to include most fresh fruit, vegetables, and fish. Try to cut out sweets and cakes wherever possible.
Eat smaller portions and drink a glass of water before a meal to help you feel full up quicker.
Choose Your Shoes Wisely
Wearing flat, comfortable shoes can help to stop your knee pain from getting worse. High heels are out (and even low heels should be avoided). You may also want to think about investing in shoes that don’t need to be tied or fastened, so you can avoid bending your knee to do this.
Stock Up on Vitamin C
Vitamin C is good news for your knees, so make sure you get plenty of it into your diet. Oranges and (fresh) orange juice, kale, broccoli, papaya, strawberries and pineapples are great sources of Vitamin C.
Avoid Too Much Salt
Excessive salt can lead to water retention and swelling, which can put additional pressure on your knees. So try and cut salt out of your diet wherever possible.
Pay Attention to Your Posture
If you have been suffering from knee pain, it may have caused you to adjust your posture and the way you walk, without you even realizing. Try and make sure you sit and walk upright with a straight back, especially if you spend a lot of time on a computer.
Try and avoid crossing your legs when you’re sitting down too, as this puts added pressure onto the lower knee.
Look at Your Furniture
Your chairs and sofa may be contributing to your knee pain without you even realizing it. And not just in your home but at your office too. If your chair is too low, your knee will be bent more than it needs to be.
However, if your chair is too high, you may struggle to gain proper foot support. A comfortable chair will depend on your height and leg length, so it may be worth trying a few different styles and heights to find one that suits you.
Strengthen Your Leg Muscles
By strengthening the muscles in your legs, you can take some of the pressure off your knee joint. Of course, if you are already in pain, exercising may be difficult. So talk to your doctor about gentle exercises that will help you.
You may find that exercising in a swimming pool helps as the water will also help to support you and relieve pressure on your knee. These tips should help you get back up on your feet without pain sooner.