Foot Pain from Driving, Driving You Mad?

Foot pain from driving is a very common condition as your feet are working quite hard.

“Driver’s Foot” is the real name of this condition brought on by repetitive stress.

Many people get cramps in their feet, feel the pain in either the heel of their foot, the ball of the foot around the big toe joint or across the top of the foot. The pain can be worse when you get stuck in traffic or drive for long periods.

Here are a few ideas, treatments and techniques that might help reduce the pain and stop any aching you might get when driving for long distances.

5 Treatments for Driver’s Foot, Ankle and Heel Pain

  1. Always adjust the car seat and steering wheel to the most comfortable position possible. Driving with the seat too close to the pedals means your ankle joint gets compressed. Having the seat too low puts more pressure on the tendons at the back of your heel; take time to get in good position.
  2. Wear comfortable, practical shoes for driving. Save the high heels, flip flops and snazzy dress shoes for your destination. Instead wear a running shoe with plenty of cushioning and support. Leave a pair in your car so you don’t have any excuses.
  3. Comfy shoes not enough? Armor up. The right arch support and footbed is essential to healthy feet. Why not invest in a pair of slip in orthotics for constant comfort, on and off the road. Check out a great solution.
  4. Move, already. On a long haul, take breaks to walk, stretch and flex your feet and ankles. If possible, take your shoes off or do some fast foot exercises. At home after driving, try a nice massage to loosen up tight muscles and connective tissue.
  5. The old standby: ice and elevate. You know the drill.

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