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3 Reasons You’re Relying on Advil For Your Foot And Ankle Pain After Hiking

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Do you love to spend your time hiking across our beautiful state, Colorado but hate the foot and ankle pain that follows? 

What if there was a way to take part in hikes without consuming countless painkillers to stop your foot and ankle pain from ruining the experience?

Well, there is!

Working with thousands of patients suffering from the exact same issues, we have noticed some mistakes those individuals make when hiking. 

It can be a scary thing choosing to go hiking with your friends and in turn, becoming reliant on Advil or other painkillers to numb your pain.

In this blog, you will discover some of the reasons you’re relying on Advil before, after, and during your hike.

Reason 1 – Not Wearing Proper Footwear 

You’d be so surprised by how many people come into our clinic with foot and ankle pain after hiking, only to reveal they go walking in flip-flops. 

While you may be walking in slightly more appropriate footwear, hiking requires a specialist shoe built for better support, comfort and to prevent injuries. 

Wearing shoes that don’t fit correctly, are worn out, or are not suitable for the terrain you’ll be encountering can easily lead to foot and ankle pain.

Make sure you wear shoes with good arch support, a secure fit around your foot, and enough tread for whatever terrain you plan to tackle.

The best hiking shoes or boots will depend on the individual but always opt for footwear specifically designed for hiking, as they offer the necessary support, protection, and traction.

Reason 2 – Packing Too Much Or Too Little 

If you’re planning a long hike, make sure you bring enough food and water to last the entire journey.

Dehydration and hunger can cause fatigue, which can lead to more serious issues like foot and ankle pain.`

On the other hand, it can have just as negative of an impact to pack too much. Overpacking will increase the weight of your backpack, adding not only extra strain on your lower back but further pressure on your foot and ankle, leading to pain after hiking. 

Feel like there is no right answer?

We appreciate it can be confusing to be told to pack plenty of supplies but also not to overpack. The key is to only pack the essentials, and not overburden yourself with gear that you do not need.

A good rule of thumb is if you’ve got something in your backpack that you haven’t used on your previous hikes, it’s probably time to remove it from your pack. 

Reason 3 – Failing To Change Shoes Or Socks After A Hike

It’s important to remember to always change your shoes and socks after hiking.

Your feet will have been sweating while you were hiking, by changing your shoes and socks you give your feet a chance to dry before returning to your daily routine. 

Remaining in the same footwear after hiking can cause blisters which will quickly lead to foot and ankle pain. 

This is particularly true if you hike through wet terrain or wet weather.

Make sure you take off any wet clothing after a hike and give your feet a chance to dry before putting on new socks and shoes.

For more tips on your to reduce your pain when hiking, you can download our Free Report – 9 Tips To Have You Enjoying Hiking Without Stiffness, Soreness, Or Pain.

We created this report so you don’t sacrifice the lifestyle you desire over problems that can be fixed. 

Bonus – Most People Don’t Know About The Most Effective Treatments

There are multiple effective treatments for foot and ankle pain. Including;

Dry Needling – This is an amazing form of treatment, drastically improving your range of motion and pain in an incredibly short space of time. Don’t let your fear of needles stop you from trying this fantastic treatment.

Facial Stretch Therapy – This gentle pain free therapy will help you to identify areas of discomfort you weren’t even aware of. Unlike massage or other stretching techniques, FST addresses multiple systems to improve mobility.

Physical Therapy – This is a particularly powerful way to improve hiking. Especially the 1 to 1 physical therapy available at our clinic which gives you the undivided attention of one of our experts who can deliver the most effective treatments, personalized to you. This is why we have been able to get results in patients who have suffered for years with pain in a shockingly short amount of time.

The Impact Of Foot And Ankle Pain

Foot and ankle pain can be incredibly frustrating, getting in the way of the most simple tasks not just hiking. 

This may lead you to believe “Well if I take Advil I can push through the pain”

This is a depressing thought.

Not only are you popping countless painkillers but you’re also accepting foot and ankle pain without ever trying to treat the underlying issue. 

While taking Advil might make sense to you in the short term, what about in 6 months or a year’s time when you are reliant on painkillers just to get yourself up and ready for a hike?

Hiking doesn’t have to consist of pain and Advil. There are options for you to treat your pain and get back to those things you love, and not only return to your former self but set new records in the future!

Our expert team can provide practical suggestions for extending your range of motion, moving towards healing, and getting you back to hiking, all without ever taking pain medication.

If you’re still hiking but struggle with certain aspects, descent, for example, we can help there also!

We don’t only treat pain but also improve form and technique.

Whatever your requirements are, we are aware that many of our clients place a high value on their time, and you have every right to be cautious about trying a new treatment, especially if you’ve been burnt before. 

That’s why we are now offering a Free Hiking Ready Assessment to get you back to those hikes you love so much.

During this session, you’ll meet with one of our experienced therapists to discuss your goals and concerns. We’ll take the time to get to know you and your unique needs, so we can create a customized treatment plan that works for you.

Click Here To Arrange Your Free Hiking Ready Assessment

Are You Scared About Traveling To Clinic?

Foot and ankle pain can make traveling extremely difficult, if this is the case for you, we also offer a Free Telephone Consultation.

This option allows you to speak to an expert about your pain, discuss how it is affecting you, and learn about what we can do to help.

Click Here To Arrange Your Free Telephone Consultation

More Free Advice To Help Ease Pain

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