Don't suffer or struggle with foot or ankle pain; find out the root-cause and do something about it. Your medical provider or orthopedist will likely be able to assess your pain and offer some relief through medications, treatment, or physical therapy. There are some other things that you could be doing right now to reduce your risk of flare-ups and to decrease discomfort in your feet and ankles.
Six sensible ways to reduce and prevent foot and ankle pain are:
1.Have a ball. When your feet ache all over, try stretching your ankles and extending toes to provide some relief. Use a tennis ball, and place it on the floor; roll your foot from the toes to the heel on the ball. This can help heal some foot injuries faster, too.
2.Throw in the towel. If you struggle with arthritis pain, try the towel trick. Lay a towel flat on the floor and place your feet so that your toes are above the top edge. Let your toes grab the towel and move it down toward your heel, using only your toes; this helps improve flexibility and can impact balance.
3.Battle bunions. Bunions hurt. Relieve the discomfort of a bunion with a heavy-duty elastic band. Use this tactic as resistance training for toes, and reduce pain; slip the elastic over each of your big-toes, side-by-side. Gradually pull your toes away from one another using the elastic as resistance to reduce discomfort.
4.Unconventional cold compress. Many foot issues can feel better with ice; fill a plastic soda bottle with water and freeze. Lay the bottle on the floor and roll with the bottom of your feet. The ice will reduce any swelling that could exacerbate your existing heel pain.
5.Take off your shoes. Are you causing your own foot pain with the shoes that you wear? Check your shoe height and stick to a low-to-flat heel when your ankles or feet hurt. Always invest in inserts to provide adequate arch support, especially when wearing flat or unsupportive shoes.
6.Stay dry. When your feet get wet, you increase your risk of infection and athlete's foot, which can make your feet and ankles uncomfortable. Keep feet dry and wear breathable footwear and socks to avoid contracting this. Also, this is a highly-transmittable condition so wear shower-shoes when showering in public bathrooms, gyms, or even hotel rooms.
Talk to you orthopedist or medical professional about the cause of your foot and ankle pain, as well as for treatment options to reduce discomfort. Use these tips to alleviate chronic pain and reduce the severity and frequency of flare-ups.