Updated: Jan 10
We know how exhausting it can be, standing on your feet working, playing sports, or just in everyday life. These pains can be normal from a long day but overtime these can develop into chronic pain. If you are constantly feeling pain in your feet, we suggest these methods to help alleviate the pain at home.
Most have the idea that massages are only for the back and upper body but a good massage in your feet can help with the pains of the day. Massage improves circulation, stimulates muscles, reduces tension, and often alleviates pain. By massaging your feet you are able to know and feel exactly where the pain is and what works to reduce it. If the pain insists then you would have better knowledge when speaking to specialist.
Soak Away Foot Pain
For a refreshing and stimulating treat for sore feet, fill one basin with cold water and another with water as hot as you can comfortably stand. Sit in a chair, and place your feet in the cold water. After 5 minutes, switch to the hot water. Repeat. This “hydromassage” alternately dilates and constricts blood vessels in your feet, boosting circulation.
To pamper your feet with essential oils, fill a bowl with hot water and add 2 drops peppermint oil, along with four drops each of eucalyptus and rosemary oil. Soak for 10 minutes.
If you don’t have any essential oils at home, brew up a very strong cup of peppermint tea and add it to the water.
Soak your feet in a warm-water footbath spiked with half an ounce arnica tincture. The improved blood flow almost instantly results in less pain.
Wear Shoe Inserts
Shoe inserts, or orthotics, help relieve foot pain caused by flat feet. These are usally fully covered by your insurance and can be bought here.
Give Your Feet a Workout
It’s not often that we may think of working out our feet, but this can be important in reducing pains. A good workout would be to try and pick things up with your toes. Spread an array of small items on the floor and use your toes to try and pick them up. This is a fun and effective workout for your feet. Another effective exercise is to tie a rubber or elastic band around your feet near to the toes. Try stretching your toes at least 50 times in sets of 10.
How to Prevent Foot Pain in the First Place
Another way to prevent skin from toughening up is to soak your feet in warm water after you have moisturized. You should do this for alteast 10 minutes for each foot. This would help in reduction and prevention of feet pain.
Also, choose shoes that fit well. You should have a thumb’s width between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Shoes should be wide enough so that your toes and the balls of your feet aren’t cramped from side to side. But if shoes are too roomy, your feet will slide around and rub against the sides.
If you suffer from chronic pain and these remedies are not as effective, it may be time to see a doctor. Contact us and a specialist will get back to you as soon as possible.
If your feet pain continues and you have tried these methods it may be time to visit a professional. Contact us and we will book an appointment with our experienced feet specialist.
Pleasantview Family Health Centre
2758 Victoria Park Ave, North York M2J4A8