Moving more with foot and ankle pain

Exercising will contribute to your foot and ankle health in the following ways:

  • Improved circulation. Exercise promotes strong circulation, which ensures the tissues in your feet receive the nourishment they need.
  • Stronger bones. Everyone knows calcium and vitamin D are essential for bone health, but weight-bearing exercises also enhance bone strength. This is important if you want to prevent painful stress fractures (a common overuse injury), since stronger bones are better able to handle force loads.
  • Limber muscles and connective tissues. Keeping soft tissues—muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc.—in your lower limbs loose and limber is a proven tactic for reducing injury risk. This is especially true in the cases of plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinitis – major sources of adult heel pain.

In order to help plan the next steps think about the following:
  • How would you like things to be different?
  • What have you tried before to make yourself feel better and in less pain?
  • What were the good things about what you tried previously and what are the less good things about it?
  • What will you do next?

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