Foot & Ankle Pain

Tips to Live With Less Foot & Ankle Pain

Foot and Ankle Pain

When you have Foot and Ankle Pain, it is very tempting to think that the Pain or Injury is minor and will simply go away in a few days with rest and Pain Medications. Frustratingly enough, that is usually never the case. Understand that you are not alone.

The staff of Med Center Aquatic Therapy, believe you deserve better! We have the knowledge, experience, technology, and compassion to get you back to the quality Life you deserve!

Symptoms of Foot and Ankle Pain May Include

  • Pain when you first get out of bed in the morning
  • Knees "buckling"
  • Pain goes away when you put your feet up
  • Pain that gets worse when you stand or walk for too long

There’s a great saying that goes, “Small hinges swing big doors”, and it’s often the simplest advice that wins in the end. The truth is, without knowing your Foot and Ankle Pain or your history intimately, we cannot tell you which of these will work best for you. During our time as Physical Therapists, we’ve been able to narrow down what really does and doesn’t work when it comes to easing Foot and Ankle Pain. The principles you are about to read include this knowledge.

Here Are Some Things You Can Do Now to 

Reduce Your Pain

  • #1. Avoid Sitting for More Than 20 Minutes at a Time
    You and I were not designed to sit. It goes against every basic, fundamental rule of the human being design. When you sit, there is approximately 10 times more pressure pushing down on your spine than when you stand tall. Most of us slouch or flop when we do sit, meaning that the muscles in your spine (which includes your ‘core’ muscle group) that are designed to protect you, just don’t work.
  • #2. Avoid Prolonged Standing
    Standing still in one position for long periods may cause substantial stress and adverse loading through the feet and ankles. Sitting on a chair or stool to unload the feet regularly, going for short walks, “marching on the spot,” or slowly bending your knee up towards the chest while sitting are some ways to correct prolonged standing. Cushioning mats can be helpful as well. The key is to move frequently to lubricate the ankle joint before pain sets in.
  • #3. Be Selective of Where You Walk
    Being mindful of where you walk will benefit you over time. Walking on hard, uneven, bumpy surfaces can not only be dangerous, but will cause Pain and Injuries to your ankles. If you suffer from Foot or Ankle Pain, try walking on flat surfaces more often. A walk in the mall will be your best viable option when it comes to walking on flat surfaces. Watch out for sidewalks, uneven surfaces, drops in elevation; these are all harmful to your hips. 
  • #4. Choose Sensible Footwear
    For people with Foot and Ankle Problems, choosing footwear involves more than picking the right color and size. That’s because footwear can affect foot health. It’s been shown that the kind of shoes you wear can impact the load put on the feet and ankles, making foot and ankle Issues better or worse. It’s important choosing the right shoe for you, with the right cushion, support, soles, and protection that you need to prevent increasing any Foot and Ankle Pain. Here at Med Center Therapy, we will test your feet for Pronation and Stability, Arch height, and your left to right balance using computerized laser diagnostic equipment. We will also recommend the right shoe and possible Orthotic just for you to help relieve the Pain or Problems you are experiencing.


Understand that you deserve the best quality of Life at

Med Center Aquatic Therapy we can help give you your life back!

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