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You’re probably most familiar with this supplement for mild depression. But it also works well for osteoarthritis, likely because of its anti-inflammatory properties. An analysis of 11 studies involving 1,442 people found that it worked as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen in terms of reducing pain and improving function, with fewer adverse effects such as stomach problems. Take 600 to 800 milligrams, and take it along with a B-50-complex vitamin. Eating these 16 anti-inflammatory foods can also help reduce pain.
Going au naturel reduces the load on knee joints, minimizing pain and disability from osteoarthritis by 12 percent compared to walking with shoes. That’s the finding from a study of 75 people with osteoarthritis conducted by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. If barefoot isn’t an option, find shoes that mimic the natural arch and heel contour, but don’t lift up the heel, which puts more pressure on the joints. Orthotics might be another option. Here are five ways you are likely putting your feet at risk.