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December 5, 2013 | By Simon | Comments Off on Ankle Pain | Filed in: Health.

Ankle Pain Alleviation

Let’s say you leaped to the ground from a substantial height and landed wrong.  This will induce ankle pain due to the impact and method of your landing.  The reason for your ankle pain would be obvious.  But it is not always the case.

What about when your ankle pain can’t be explained away by a mere mishap?

Often times ankle pain and foot pain in general, is caused by pressure on the ankle ligaments from walking and by being overweight.

The ankle supports your entire body weight from the ankle on up.  Often times knee pain will accompany the pain you are experiencing from a hurt or stressed ankle.

Another reason for constant pain in your ankle is an old injury being aggravated.  Scar tissue and small stress fractures can impede healing, and over time can become more difficult to deal with.

Now that we went over some of the causes of ankle pain, let’s go over some ways to help relieve the actual pain itself.

First off, if you are overweight or obese consult your physician and see if there is an exercise he or she can recommend for you.  If you are able to verify that weight loss is a possible remedy for your ankle pain, then adhere to your doctor’s recommendations.

There are two main ligaments that are attached to the ankle itself and are the most commonly injured in regards to the foot.  They are the Anterior Talofibular Ligament and the Calcaneofibular Ligament.

The Anterior Talofibular Ligament is located forward of the ankle bone, both interior and exterior ankle.  The Calcaneofibular Ligament is located behind the ankle bone, again both interior and exterior ankle.

You can temporarily relieve you heel pain by pressing down on these ligaments with your index finger and thumb.  While applying moderate pressure, rotate your ankle and foot.  While doing so, see if you can break up any tissue that may be knotted.

Once this is completed, rub the Anterior Talofibular Ligaments from top to bottom with your thumbs.  This will not only work the ligaments themselves, but warm them up so they loosen, and get blood flowing to the painful area.

These are  just the beginning steps of alleviating your ankle pain.  More articles will be coming soon regarding other issues people experience with their ankles.  These will include:  Ankle swelling, advanced ankle treatment, ankle arthritis, and ankle tendon pain to name a few.

Happy Heels: Stopping Foot and Heel Pain Due to High Heels

December 5, 2013 | By Simon | Comments Off on Happy Heels: Stopping Foot and Heel Pain Due to High Heels | Filed in: Health.

Heel pain is a common issue for people who stand on their feet all day.

But, when wearing high heels, heel pain can take on a life of it’s own.  So, is the pain of wearing high heels all the time worth it?

A lot of women suffer heel pain by wearing high heels, but often times it is part of a mandatory dress code and they have no choice in the matter.

High heels are an easy way to make a woman look tall and stylish, but these can also cause heel pain. While many might suggest wearing flats in order to avoid heel pain and foot pain, it has been determined that women nowadays are willing to wear a pair of shoes even if they don’t feel comfortable in them. Of course, there are several ways that one can ease heel pain – or avoid it completely. The first of these is to buy a pair of heels that fit well.

How many women have ended up buying a pair of loose shoes or too-tight heels just because they were on sale? Having high heels in the wrong size may seem insignificant, but this can spell the difference between spending the most of the party sitting down due to heel pain and actually joining in the dancing and conversation. Loose shoes can cause feet to slide forward, thus putting pressure on the toes, while too-tight heels can cause blisters on the heels.

There are some reminders women should remember when choosing a pair of high heels. First, they should look for shoes that have thick straps, which would prevent them from losing their balance. Second, they should avoid high heels that have steep “slopes,” since these hardly give any support and stability. Third, they can consider getting insoles that are made especially for high heels, which give comfort and lessen the pressure and force that is placed on the balls of the feet. Gel inserts can also be used to prolong foot and heel pain.

Another way to stop heel pain is to wear a different pair of heels every day. Women can wear one-inch heels to work, and save their strappy six-inch heels for special events and dinners. A gentle foot massage using a golf ball or a frozen water bottle at the end of the day can help ease pained heels. It is also a good idea to get a foot soak every five to seven days to “re-energize” one’s feet and help remove dead skin.

To relieve heel pain, a foot soak can be easily prepared using two cups of warm water and mixing it with lemon, orange, or grapefruit juice. It is best to soak the feet for five minutes, and then use a pumice stone to gently scrape off the dead skin from the balls of the feet and the heels. Oil-based sugar scrubs and foot balms can be applied as well.

However, if foot and heel pain continues, one should consult a doctor immediately to prevent any more problems from happening.