What is Ankle Pain?

Nearly everyone experiences foot, heel or ankle pain at some time in their life. If the pain is general, it may be a minor issue that will heal naturally. Over 95% of all foot, heel and ankle pain will heal itself over time. But if pain is persistent, it may indicate a more specific condition.

Symptoms

  • Bunions. The joint of the big toe becomes enlarged, causing the skin over the joint to swell. Pain and tenderness result, and severe cases can be disabling.
  • Flexible flatfoot. This condition, the most common type of flatfoot, is characterized by partial or total collapse of both arches. Symptoms include pain, turned-in ankle, the sensation of shin splint pain and weakness in the leg or foot.
  • Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD). Often called adult-onset flatfoot, this condition usually happens in one foot only and is progressive. Pain on the inside of the foot and ankle, redness, swelling and arches that begin to flatten are symptoms.
  • Hammer toes, claw toes, and mallet toes. With these deformities,muscles that control movement of the toes become unbalanced, forcing the toe joints to bend into abnormal positions. Except in very rare cases, the lesser toes are affected rather than the big toe.
  • Bursitis. The heel swells, becomes inflamed and feels tender. Wearing shoes worsens the discomfort; rest improves the condition.
  • Achilles tendonitis. The soft tissues in and around the Achilles tendon (which connects the heel bone to the calf muscles) break down, causing pain and swelling in the back of the calf.
  • Stress fracture. A tiny crack in a bone will cause pain and weakness.
  • Ankle sprain. The foot turns inward causing a tearing or rupture of the strong soft tissue ligaments on the outside of the ankle.
  • Plantar fasciitis. The thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed where it connects to the heel bone.

Who suffers from this kind of injury?

Fashionable but poorly fitting shoes can cause foot pain.

Thanks mainly to high-heeled women’s shoes with narrow toe boxes, women have four times the number of foot problems that men do. Pregnant women have unique foot problems related to weight gain, swelling in the feet and ankles, and the presence of hormones that cause ligaments to relax — often weakening the feet.

In older women, severe foot pain is a major cause of disability, impairing the ability to walk unassisted or perform everyday activities.

Sometimes foot pain results from underlying conditions such as diabetes or arthritis. Abnormal functioning of nerves in diabetics causes paralysis of small muscles in the foot, which results in clawing of the toes, loss of feeling, callused skin and foot ulcers. Osteoarthritis has a painful effect on the many joints in the foot.

How Gravity Defyer Shoes can help!

Proper footwear can go a long way towards reducing symptoms and may help to prevent foot pain first place. Gravity Defyers are engineered to reduce pain and relieve symptoms of other common foot ailments.

They provide proper support, relieving foot pain and energizing the wearer. As a result, you may find yourself walking further and feeling more capable throughout the day.

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