Ankle Pain

I am 20 years old and I am in the automotive service industry, a few months ago I started getting pain in my Ankle after standing for long periods of time at work and it would go away after a few days then it went away for about a month or 2 and I have started getting the same pain in my ankle again and im not sure how to go about it. I have changed my shoes since and it has not helped very much. I have a feeling that its from constantly standing for hours at a time

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  1. Foot-com

    Thank you for your question. Without examining you it is difficult for me to say exactly what may be causing your pain – but I will do my best to give you some suggestions. When you say your ankle, are you actually talking about your heel? There are several muscle attachments or tendons which run around either side of the heel bone – and can cause “ankle pain”. Since our foot plays such an important role in balance and stabilization, these soft tissue structures can be stressed (overused) when we stand too long.

    Since your job requires prolonged standing, you will want to make sure you

    1. wear supportive shoes (or use a supportive insert)

    2. stretch your calves and feet daily

    If we do not recover the soft tissue that supports our feet and ankles, eventually it will break down and cause pain. I tell patients to spend at least 10 minutes a day stretching their feet. You can easily do this at the end of the day while relaxing, watching TV or before bed. Remember to hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds, as this allows the muscles to relax. If the pain continues, then I recommend seeing a Podiatrist who can more accurately access your feet.

    Good luck!

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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