Ankle & Foot Pain

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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Stretches & Exercises

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compression or pinching of the posterior tibial nerve. This can cause symptoms of pain, numbness, and tingling anywhere along the inside of the ankle into the foot. These tarsal tunnel syndrome stretches and exercises should help.

To start off, range of motion of the ankle is a good way to loosen up the area. You can do this with ankle pumps, ankle circles, and eversion/inversion or windshield wipers. 

Next, stretch the calf. You can do this several different ways including with a stretch strap. To help get the inner foot/ankle, you can turn your foot out a little when you stretch.

Then rolling out the bottom of your foot with a lacrosse ball, tennis ball, or racquet ball helps loosen up the fascia and tendons that might be irritated.

Cross friction massage on the tarsal tunnel area also helps increase the circulation to the area to help the healing process.

Exercises standing can be very beneficial to help get the foot/ankle strong again. Heel/toe raises, and balance exercises are great for this.

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Foot pain like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, high or fallen arches, or just tired and sore feet can be helped with simple stretches and exercises. Rolling a massage ball along the foot is also a great way to relieve pain.

The OH ball and SnOH ball are both massage balls designed to provide targeted relief to painful areas of the body including the feet. They both have integrated handles for easier control, and the SnOH ball has the added benefit of being able to be frozen to provide cooling relief as well.

The Oh Ball does a great job of stretching out the muscles and fascia around the foot and calf area. After you stretch everything out, you want to make sure you are strengthening the muscles in the foot and lower leg as well.

A great way to exercises the calf muscles and the anterior muscles in the lower leg, is to do seated heel/toe raises. This has some weight bearing, but not full weight.

If you have a resistive band, it is another great way to strengthen the muscles, especially on the bottom of your foot and into the lower leg. The toe flexors go underneath the foot into the leg, so it’s important to keep them strong.

Finally, some standing exercises use your full body weight, so they are a little tougher. Start off with standing heel/toe raises. If they are easy, you can do them one foot at a time. Then strengthen the arches of your foot by keeping your heels and toes on the ground, but curl your arch up into a C.

The last one is a balance series. Working on your balance does a great job of strengthening the foot and ankle.

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Peroneal Tendonitis Stretches & Exercises

Peroneal tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon in your outer (lateral) ankle.  The peroneal muscles run down the back of the lower leg, and the tendon runs behind the bump on your outer ankle (lateral malleolus).  When the tendon is irritated, it can cause swelling on the outer ankle and ankle pain when walking or exercising. These stretches and exercises should help.

Since the peroneal muscles runs behind and to the outside of the leg, it’s important to stretch the calf area.  You can do this with your legs out in front of you or standing up.  You can even stretch your Achilles tendon and peroneal tendon on a step.

Strengthening the peroneal tendon and muscles are also important.  Since it helps the ankle go into eversion, you can easily exercise them with a resistive band.

Another great way to exercise the whole ankle area is with standing heel/toe raises as well as a balance series.

Finally, a side step up, because of the side to side movement helps strengthen the whole ankle area.

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If you have these foot ailments: peripheral neuropathy, arthritis, hammer toes, strains and sprains, and achiness, then this video will show you 5 ways to help relieve this pain including using far infrared heat.

Here are my top five ways to help relieve foot pain.

First is a calf stretch. You can stretch your calf several different ways. This stretch will be with a strap. Start off with your leg out in front of you. Keep the leg you want to stretch out in front of you. Take a stretch strap, dog leash, belt, or towel and wrap it around the ball of your foot. Relax your foot, and pull the strap towards you stretching your calf muscle. You should feel the stretch under your leg. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, and do three of them.

The second way to relieve pain is to use Far Infrared Heat. Far infrared heats the area with light vs. actual heat, so it can penetrate deeper into the area. A traditional heating pad usually only heats about 0.25 cm, but far infrared can go up to 6 cm, or 2.36 inches. It helps increase the circulation to the area to provide temporary relief.

The Thermotex Platinum and Foot Unit are both great devices that use this Far Infrared heat therapy to help relieve pain.

Click here to watch my full review for the Thermotex Platinum, which also features more detailed info about far infrared heat.

Next is ankle pumps. With your legs straight out in front of you, place a roll just under your ankle so your heel can move freely, or just hold it in the air. Trying to keep your leg straight and moving only at your ankle, pull your foot up towards you, and then push it down like you are pushing on a peddle. Start off with 10, and work your way up to 20-25.

Now you will do heel/toe raises. For seated heel/toe raises, start off by lifting your heel off the floor while keeping your toes on the floor. Next, you will do toe raises, bringing the toes off the floor with the heel on the floor. If these become easy, you can do them standing.

The final exercise will be a balance series. Stand on one foot, but hold onto something sturdy. Try to balance for 30 seconds to a minute. When that becomes easy, just use one finger one each side. Then just one finger for balance, and finally try balancing without holding on at all.

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