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Arthritis of the foot and ankle makes each step painful, each activity difficult and life barely tolerable at times. And when one side starts to hurt, the other side can quickly follow in an avalanche of aches and pains. If you are desperately seeking solutions to your foot and ankle pain, here is a list that may provide you with a fresh new direction towards feeling better with each step you take.
Shoe Wear: Most people start here for a solution to foot and ankle pain. The power of a good shoe is not to be underestimated. My favorite source for hard to find shoes like wide shoes, deep shoes, and shoes with “rocker bottoms” is www.footsmart.com .
Topicals: Conveniently, foot and ankle pain lends itself to topical solutions because the painful structures are relatively superficial. An example of a topical worth trying is over the counter Aspercreme. An alternative topical anti-inflammatory available by prescription is PennsAid . And don’t forget that ice i...
The usual ankle injury is a sprain - the tearing or excessive stretching of the ligaments that hold the ankle bones in position. Of all the joints in the body, none is as complex as the ankle. Its intricate structure of bones, tendons, and ligaments is under the control of an equally complex group of muscles. The variety of movements performed by the ankle subject it to forces of a magnitude far out of proportion to its size. It is little wonder that ankle injuries are the most common of all joint injuries - about 1 million each year, of which approximately 85 percent are sprains . When the ligaments that stabilize the ankle are overstretched or torn, the result is a sprained ankle, one of the most common exercise-related injuries. Although the risk is greatest during workouts that involve explosive side-by-side motion, such as in tennis or basketball, you can sprain an ankle during any weight-bearing activity, including walking. Even sedentary people are vulnerable, since inactivity caus...
Rheumatoid arthritis gets blamed for a lot of my aches and pains and although I know that it plays a huge part in this recent round of foot pain, I have decided to give RA a break from the constant blame and instead put the blame of my foot pain on my SHOES.
Last December, I received a pair of minimalist shoes for Christmas and began an experiment with the chronic pain in my feet. Basically the experiment was to get my feet out of supportive shoes as much as possible and build up some strength and muscle in my feet and ankles to see if it reduced the pain in my feet. I started off by wearing my Vibram Five Fingers when I worked out. Then I slowly transitioned to not wearing shoes at all when I worked out. When the weather warmed up in April, I began wearing my Vibram Five Fingers on my daily walks. Soon, I was walking half the walk in VFF and half of the walk barefoot. I LOVED It!!!
Since I am off work for several m...
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