How NOT to Treat Your Feet

foot pain

January 25 was National Opposite Day, which got us to thinking: what would happen if we completely turned around the advice we give our patients? To be clear, Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland would never actually do that! But today in this blog, we’re going to play around with telling you the opposite of what you should actually do about your foot pain. By doing so, we hope to demonstrate just how important it is to take your foot problems seriously.


  1. Grin and bear it. Suffer from pain for weeks, or even months before you seek the advice of podiatrists Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey. Even though the chances are your pain is going to get worse and your condition may become harder to treat, you just pay us a visit whenever it’s convenient.
  2. Ignore the doctor’s instructions. Don’t wear the custom orthotics we’ve ordered to relieve the pressure of a bunion or the pain of low arches. Keep putting off the ankle surgery we’ve recommended, even though we’ve determined with you that nothing else will get you walking comfortably. And finally, don’t keep your follow-up appointments with us. Maybe the pain will magically go away!
  3. Stop your physical therapy early. We may give you a prescription for several sessions of rehabilitation with a physical therapist, but it’s okay to go once or twice. That should be good enough to get your sprained ankle back into shape.

  4. Forget to take your medications. Those pills we’ve prescribed to reduce the inflammation of your plantar fasciitis?  They’re optional.

Of course, we’re speaking with our tongue firmly implanted in our cheek. We DO recommend that you address foot pain head-on. We DO want to work with you to devise a treatment plan that will work for you. And we encourage you to visit our state-of-the-art podiatry office in Solon, Ohio whenever you need expert foot care. We’re located in Cuyahoga County and welcome residents of Summit, Portage, and Geauga Counties as well. Call us for an appointment at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online.