I put the telly on this morning just as Chris Beardshaw at Chelsea was saying that when he was 13 his joints were seizing up and bones joining together and he'd more than likely be in a wheelchair by the time he was 25 (IIRC). Now, as you and I know, he's a fit bloke
so there are obviously things you can do to try and prevent arthritis taking such a hold.
About ten or more years ago I was told that the pain in my foot was arthritis and not to worry as the bones would soon fuse and it would stop hurting. I was also told the same thing a few weeks ago when I went to the podiatrist, so they obviously haven't fused yet :? . When I was told that the first time I asked if it would be a good idea to try and prevent that by doing some kind of exercises and was told no, it's better to let the bones fuse. I've never had an official diagnosis - when I mentioned it to the GP he said it "probably was" arthritis.
My situation isn't the same as Chris Beardshaw's (I'm 47, Type 1 diabetic for 45 years) but I'm wondering now if there is something I could/should be doing before the bones do fuse to prevent it or is it still a good idea to let it happen? (I already do the basic arthritis advice of not smoking, gentle exercise, etc.)