A lot of mild injuries end up going away after a few days of rest, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes pain can linger for weeks or months, and if you keep doing the same things while hoping it goes away on its own, pain can hang around for even longer. In today’s blog, we take a closer look at how you can put an end to lingering foot pain once and for all. Foot pain can linger for a number of different reasons, so there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment to care for all types of foot pain. That said, if you follow these tips, we think you’ll be able to make some progress in putting an end to your lingering foot discomfort.
Get An Official Diagnosis
If you’ve been putting off getting a medical evaluation, now is the time to set up a visit with a foot and ankle specialist. If you really want to treat the issue, you need to know what you’re up against, and a doctor can help you uncover the root cause of your pain. Better yet, they can offer up advice tailored to your specific injuries.
Stop What You’re Doing
A lot of people don’t realize how much their everyday actions are contributing to their foot pain condition. Maybe they are wearing the wrong shoes for too long or their exercise routine is too lower-body focused. Really take some time to evaluate how you’re stressing your feet each day and make some adjustments to help take some stress off your feet.
Don’t Just Rely On Rest And Painkillers
Rest and over-the-counter painkillers can help treat some of the symptoms of your underlying foot condition, but they won’t target the root cause. Masking symptoms can provide some short-term relief, but over-relying on these methods can cause pain to linger in the long-term. Use these treatments in conjunction with other targeted treatments, but don’t expect these passive options to fully address your foot pain.
Stick To The Doctor’s Plan
A treatment plan is only as effective as the patient’s work ethic, so you can have the best doctors and therapy plan in the world, but if you don’t follow through on their recommendations, foot pain can linger. Even though it won’t always be easy, it’s imperative that you stick to your doctor’s care plan, because that will give you the best chance of putting your foot pain to bed once and for all.
Try Exercise And Weight Loss
Exercise may sound counterintuitive if every step brings pain, but it’s important to remember that there are plenty of non-weight bearing exercise routines to consider. Exercise helps to strengthen key muscle groups and can help your feet better handle stress and pressure, so consider some alternative options like swimming or cycling. Similarly, working to lose weight will also naturally take stress off of your feet because they won’t be tasked with dispersing as much pressure. Oftentimes weight loss alone can help to put an end to lingering foot pain.