About three-quarters of the United States population will experience foot pain at least once in their lifetime. At the present time, close to one-quarter (24 percent) of Americans already have some sort of familiarity with foot problems. If not addressed, it could lead to serious problems with your feet and even travel to your knees and back.
For the ladies, it can be extremely difficult to avoid foot pain, especially when heading to the office or parties sporting a pair of high heeled shoes – the first thing you want to do when you get home is take them off! For the gentlemen, it can also be painful wearing those heeled shoes without any comfort, which can be most damaging when you’re standing all day.
What’s the solution to this issue? Well, there are a number of things you could do that can relieve the pain in your ankles, soles, toes and arches as well as anything above the ankle. Here are five simple tips to start using for respite.
Even if you’re ticklish, a traditional foot massage can do wonders for relief from the pain and tension. Of course, you don’t need to spend a lot of money by going to a spa to get a foot massage because you can do it yourself, purchase equipment or have a partner or family member do it for you.
Whether it’s in the morning, afternoon or evening, it will always feel relaxing to soak your feet in the bath tub or in a bowl of hot water. This can be considered a hydromassage that improves circulation. If you want to enhance the treatment, add some essential oils and fill the tub/bowl with hot water and soak for several minutes.
Calluses and corns
After the brief soak, take a few more moments to begin trimming calluses and corns. Since you have already soaked your feet, apply an emery board or a pumice stone and start to trim the calluses and corns. Once that is complete, moisturize your feet and rub – use a larger dose than normal – and wear a sock afterwards to facilitate your skin to absorb the cream or moisturizer better.
For short-term relief, purchasing a pair of inserts for your shoes would be one of the best things to do. Again, it’s rather inexpensive and you can even purchase from a wide selection at any large dollar store. Shoe inserts are important for shoes with eroding soles or with any length of heel.
Any simple leg stretches or perhaps yoga will assist you on your journey to pain relief. By just performing 10 to 15 minutes of leg stretches can prove beneficial to the health of your feet and legs as well as to your overall body. Yoga itself can improve your breathing, boost circulation and remedy soreness, aches and pains.
Foot pain is unbearable but you don’t have to live with it. By employing these five simple, straightforward measures, you can walk more, have fun and save yourself from health complications.
Dr. Marc Katz, DPM, works and owns Advanced Podiatry of Tampa, Florida. Visit his website today and schedule an appointment for your foot pain problems.