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I want to start by saying that I have a leg thats about an inch shorter than the other. I experience chronic ankle pain in my right, that flares up even when walking the short mile from school to my house. This summer I'm going on a trip to Disney, which, yknow, contains a load of walking. I'm kind of scared, I don't know what to do. I'm considering getting a cane and inserts for my shoes to even my hips out, but don't know if that'll help. Any tips??

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    • Cbutt

      461d

      Coincidentally I just got back from Disney and my cane was a LIFE SAVER. It helped so much even just standing. Luckily Disney also has a ton of places to sit so definitely take advantage of that. If its particularly bad don't be afraid to get/use a wheelchair, they have some available at the parks and were accommodating. Also if you are the kind of person who carries a bag with them, see if whoever you're with would be willing to carry it for you. It might not seem like it adds a lot of weight but your hips and ankles will thank you.

    • Cbutt

      461d

      Coincidentally I just got back from Disney and my cane was a LIFE SAVER. It helped so much even just standing. Luckily Disney also has a ton of places to sit so definitely take advantage of that. If its particularly bad don't be afraid to get/use a wheelchair, they have some available at the parks and were accommodating. Also if you are the kind of person who carries a bag with them, see if whoever you're with would be willing to carry it for you. It might not seem like it adds a lot of weight but your hips and ankles will thank you.

    • serendi

      462d

      If you’re able to afford it, cobblers and a lot of podiatrists can adjust the sole of your shoe to balance out the unevenness. My dad had that done a while back, and it helped him quite a lot. Other than that, a cane and inserts sound like a good way to combat it. Like someone else said, plan some kind of hands-on treatment for after, like a massage. Even the roller massagers can help. Cold compresses to help reduce swelling from it, since swelling can cause more pain and/or damage. Prop your legs up after, too. I think discussing preparations with your doctor would be very beneficial. Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your trip!

    • faerywyrm

      462d

      I think that's a really good start. Maybe coordinate with your doc about pain management and whatever else it may take for you to have the time of your life! Congrats on the trip!

    • DimDim

      462d

      Yes these sound like nice tools to have for the occasional long walk. Perhaps some stronger painkillers for the trip, and prepare for the aftermath with a good foot massage/pedicure 💖 from the top of my head 🙆🏻‍♀️

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One user suggested using hiking poles as they help a lot with taking pressure off and provide safety while walking. Another user mentioned that if you feel your mobility or quality of life would improve by using a cane or other mobility aid, then it's worth considering. Compression leggings or wrapping the affected area with an ace bandage might also help. However, it's essential to consult a medical professional for personalized advice and recommendations.

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