There are a lot of causes why your feet may ache like the athlete’s foot, a fungal infection, an ingrown toenail, corns or calluses. However, if the discomfort you feel is caused simply by tiredness or poorly fitted shoes, your best friend may be water. It could be warm or cold, with or without herbal supplements. In this article, we gathered six home remedies that can relieve foot pain.
1. Foot bath
In order to get a refreshing and stimulating effect, fill one bowl with cold water and the other with hot water (as hot as you can stand). While sitting on a chair, place your feet in cold water. After 5 minutes, switch to hot water. Repeat a few times. Such “hydromassage” alternately expands and narrows the blood vessels in the feet that improves blood circulation.
To please your feet with essential oils, you can fill the bowl with hot water and add 2 drops of peppermint oil. You can also add four drops of eucalyptus and rosemary oil. Soak your feet in scented water for at least 10 minutes. If you don’t have essential oils at home, you can make a cup of peppermint tea and add it to the water. Another option is to soak your feet in a warm foot bath with arnica tincture. It improves blood flow and almost instantly reduces pain.
You can buy a roller specifically designed for massaging your soles. Another option is to roll a tennis ball, golf ball or rolling pin with your bare feet for a few minutes. To make a stimulating massage oil to relieve leg pain, mix three drops of clove oil with three tablespoons of sesame oil. Blend the ingredients well and rub the oils on your sore feet. Another proven recipe requires three drops of lavender oil, one drop of chamomile oil and one drop of geranium oil mixed with two teaspoons of olive oil.
3. Buy shoe inserts
Shoe inserts or orthopedic appliances are able to relieve foot pain that was caused by flat feet or fallen arches. You can buy them at medical stores or from your foot doctor.
4. Foot exercises
Wrapping a thick elastic band around all the toes on your foot. Then spread your toes as wide as you can and hold the stretch for five seconds. Repeat the exercise ten times to get rid of cramps in your feet. You can also put a few pencils on the floor and lift them with your toes. This little exercise also helps relieve foot pain.
5. Relieve heel pain
Pain in the heel (especially in the morning) can indicate plantar fasciitis. This condition means the inflammation of the dense tissue that connects the heel bone to the base of the fingers. The most effective option is to stretch the Achilles tendon to get relief. Stand about three feet from the wall. Put your hands on the wall and move your right foot forward, bending your knee. Keep your left foot straight with your heel on the floor. You should feel a slight stretch in the heel and arch of the foot. Hold for 10 seconds, then switch sides and repeat the exercise.
How to prevent foot pain?
Apply urea lotion to rough places before they turn into nasty calluses. Start with a small amount because urea-based lotions can cause unpleasant sensations. Another way to prevent skin tightening is to dip your feet once a week in a bowl of warm water and apply moisturizing lotion after that. It is also important to choose shoes that fit you. They should be wide enough so that your feet are not cramped. However, if the shoes are too large, your legs can slip or rub.