Driving can be a common cause of joint pain, particularly for the ankles. If your car seat is not positioned correctly, it can cause strain on your ankle joints and result in pain. When sitting too close to the pedals, ankle joints are over-flexed, and if the seat isn't high enough, your tendons and heels will also experience higher pressure.
Making sure you have your seat set to a comfortable position before you set off can help you to prevent any avoidable pain in your ankles and feet - particularly if you often take long journeys.
Driving with the seat in an incorrect position can lead to a medical condition known as driver's foot. We will take a look at this condition in further detail throughout the article.
Driver's foot is a condition that can cause pain in the ankles while driving. It can be caused by the repetitive motion of pressing down on the accelerator and brake pedals, resulting in inflammation and soreness in the feet.
It usually occurs during long car journeys where you are stuck in a traffic jam and are constantly on and off the brake and accelerator pedals. One of the main causes is having the driver's seat incorrectly positioned.
If you are sharing a car with a partner or family member, it is unlikely you are both the same height, meaning the seat will need adjusting each time you change drivers. This can help you prevent driver's foot from developing. We will go over some more tips on how to avoid driver's foot later on.
The most common symptoms of driver's foot are:
Driver’s foot can easily be prevented by doing the following:
Driver's foot will usually go away shortly after you have got out of the car so it should not require any treatment. If you find your feet and ankles are painful after driving you could try applying ice or have a foot massage like we have already mentioned. You could also try some of the following products:
If you find the pain is very severe and impacts your day to day life, this could be a sign of something more serious, so you should speak to your doctor or healthcare professional for advice.
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