Eliminate Ankle Pain and Strengthen It
by Dr. Danny Varela MND
It was the day before my long-awaited vacation to Cancun. I felt that my right Achilles tendon was swelling and when I looked it was swollen and red. It was twice the size of my left one. I don’t recall injuring my right ankle. I did not twist it, didn’t step in hole and I didn’t step wrong but what I noticed was as the day was moving forward, I did notice that my right ankle started to hurt almost like I had sprained it. By the time I got home that evening my ankle was completely swollen and painful. I had to go to the store and buy a cane because there was no way I was going to be able to walk at the airport or on my vacation with the way my ankle felt.
So that night I took some anti-inflammatory hoping that the swelling of my ankle would diminish and reduce my ankle pain. However, when I woke up next morning my ankle felt the same. So went to the airport using my cane in pain hobbling and struggling with my luggage thank God it was only carry-on. So here I am waiting for a flight with my ankle still filling painful. While sitting at the airport I’m thinking about what happened to my ankle and what caused it to swell then I realized it had been the shoes that I was wearing that day. The day before my ankle did not bother me, I worked out with no problems but as I thought back the shoes that I was wearing the day before my trip must not have been supporting my arch. I reached down and put pressure on the arch of my foot I did not realize that it would be so painful, but it was. Now I knew why my Achilles tendon and my ankle were so swollen. Since the shoes that I was wearing did not support my feet every time I would step my arch would drop as I walked and cause irritation to my Achilles tendon and caused my ankle to swell.
We got to our destination the next morning I administered some self-help techniques on inflammation and swelling for my ankle, I used the lymphatic reflex massage points and Meridian tracing to alleviate my Achilles tendon and the flexor hellucis longus by reducing the swelling and pain. I also went to the pool and spent about an hour walking and rotating my foot in the water. After I got all the pool my ankle felt somewhat better than I walked over to the beach. Walking on the sand in the water and allowing the saltwater to do what it does, and it helped.
After getting out of the water I still had to use my cane, but I felt better. So, I walked around sightseeing still use my cane but at least I was not as much pain. I did the same action for two days on the third day I went on a bike ride. Let me tell you a bike ride did wonders. We went we went on a 5-mile trek as I was pedaling at first, I was not rotating my ankle the way you’d normally would on a bike ride. After about 10 minutes into the ride, I felt my ankle starting to rotate it felt great. We stopped in a small town to sightsee. I had brought my cane with me so I could use it but by the time we got to our destination I was able to walk with very little use of my cane. After we did some walking around and shopping, we got back on our bikes and rode back to the resort. I got off my bike and to my surprise the swelling on my ankle had diminished dramatically. That was the last day that I had to use the cane. In my “How To Eliminate Ankle Pain and Strengthen It” video I will show you some self help techniques that work and I will show you how to administer this to others. Follow my instructions and this technique may work for you. I have used this method thousands of times in my 28 years of practice.