Take Your Foot Out of Your Mouth – 4 Common Myths of Foot and Ankle Pain

You probably don’t give much thought to the health of your feet — until they start to ache.

Your feet have a total of 52 bones, 66 joints and more than 200 muscles, tendons and ligaments between them — and there are about as many reasons your feet may hurt.

Here are four common myths about foot pain:

Myth 1 – All foot pain is caused by poorly fitting shoes.

Yes, foot pain, both temporary and chronic, can be caused by shoes that don’t fit correctly — as anyone who has had the misfortune to wear a pair of too-tight shoes already knows. But there are a number of other reasons your feet might hurt that go beyond blisters and calluses.

Myth 2 – I can never wear high heels if I have foot pain.

While it’s true that high heels increase foot pain and regular wear can cause bunions, you don’t have to swear them off forever. But you do need to be smart about the pair you wear and how long you wear them for. Opt for a lower, wider heel that provides a more secure base for your foot and ankle and don’t wear them for more than a few hours a day.

Myth 3 – I shouldn’t wear shoes if I think I have a foot sprain.

In fact, going barefoot or wearing flip-flops can make a sprain worse because you need the added support of a stable and protective shoe with a stiffer sole for your foot to heal. In addition, you should try to keep your injured foot elevated as much as possible to ease swelling and apply ice for 20 minutes two to three times a day.

Myth 4 – There is no treatment for foot pain.

There are many ways to treat foot pain, including shoe inserts and custom orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, but there isn’t a faster way to END foot and ankle pain than by going to see a Physiotherapist.

Getting to see a hands-on specialist Physio means you’re going to get very fast access to care that will soothe and relax those tight aching muscles, loosen and lubricate stiff, stuck and painful joints, and strengthen your foot and ankle so that you can go back to doing the things that you love.

Here at Apple Physio all of our team have vast experience dealing with Foot and Ankle pain so if you need any advice please don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you’d like more info on this, and some easy, actionable tips you can use now to start easing your neck and shoulder. We have a free foot and ankle pain guide that we can send you.

Connect with us on 01344 489398 (Bracknell) , 01753 866274 (Windsor) or email us on windsor@applephysio.com and tell us what’s going on. A member of the team can take your details and we can email or post you a copy.

About the Author: Leslie Abrahams and the Apple Physio team


Leslie is a Physio, Pilates Educator and Rehab Specialist who has a special interest in Spinal Treatments, lower limb injuries, and has vast experience dealing with patients post injury or surgery. Every week, for over 20 years, 100’s of people aged 30-64+ have consulted the Apple Physio team looking for answers to concerning questions about, and for, a fast end to their health worries and physical pains and stiffness.

 Leslie is a Master Trainer for the world renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute(APPI). He is regular key note speaker at conferences and travels internationally to present on modified exercise for rehabilitation. Leslie is the Director of Apple Physio Clinics situated in Bracknell and Windsor. Berkshire’s Specialist Private Physiotherapy Practice for People in their 30’s. 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and beyond, who want to keep healthy and active.

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