There are some common misconceptions in the health and fitness industry that not alone dont help the general but often prevent rehab and recovery from pain or injury
In this post I want to banish four of these myths that prevent people from getting lasting relief in their sore, aching feet and ankles.
#1: Stretching Is King
Stretching is only one form of treatment or management.
There’s a whole dynamic picture, made up of various pieces. By itself, stretching will NEVER fully eliminate your joint and muscle pain. Actually muscles only account for 20% or so of tightness or stiffness while joint mobility and dynamic movement is much more effective at improving your symptoms.
You must go deeper to hit certain “hotspots” that stretching cannot reach.
That’s where other “modalities” — or types of movements — fly in like a superhero, to drive out your villainous pain.
#2: Only A Therapist Can Get You Long-Term Relief
While this may be initially true for injuries — most niggles can be handled themselves just fine….
… IF the person has a system to follow.
Anyone who has done rehab, knows about the little “homework” routines you get to perform exercises from your living room or gym.
So, you are going to do it yourself anyway, right?
Then why not learn a system you can apply over the course of weeks to manage and track your progression.
#3: Past A Certain Age, You Just Have To Live With It
There’s a good chance your parents thought this way, says John Giurini, DPM, president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons:
“Unlike previous generations, do not accept foot pain as a natural part of aging.”
So, if you look forward to running or playing sports again, don’t settle.
What if you could breathe new life into your tired feet and ankles? What would that be worth?
If you can make a daily 10-minute investment in your long term well-being, no matter your age, gender, or fitness level isn’t it worth a go?
#4: Only working on THIS…
Wait a minute, isn’t that what we’re trying to fix?
As a matter of fact, the ankle is what I focus on the least.
It’s the muscles, tendons, and ligaments — above and below the ankle that matter.
With the tremendous stress you put your feet under, day after day, much of that tension builds up in your soleus and gastrocnemius (check out the previous post on this) — the two muscles that make up your calf.
That’s why I use a highly-targeted series of movements to penetrate thick layers of muscle, and decreases tension from both ends including the High Load Strength Training for the calf and foot Muscles.