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5 Simple Tips to Relieve Agonizing Foot Pain

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.

Massage

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. Read the rest of this entry »

What to Do If Your Foot or Ankle Hurts

There are over a hundred different muscles and tendons in your feet. There are almost 60 different bones and joints in your feet. It’s not surprising that in such a complex system, things can sometime go wrong. So, what can you do if your ankle or foot starts to hurt?

Identify the Source of Pain

According to the National Institutes of Health, not treating a pain in your foot could lead to long term disability and permanent damage. That’s why it’s essential that you quickly identify what’s causing the pain.

Is it a strained or twisted ankle? Was it a sudden impact? Make sure you look at your shoes as potential culprits. According to the Mayo Clinic, ill fitting shoes are the #1 cause of foot pain. If the pain is dull and comes on gradually over days, it may be because of your shoes.

Protect the Injured Area

The first step to treating any foot pain is to protect the injured area. This helps prevent the foot from getting injured again. Do this by applying a brace or splinter to the injured area to hold the foot in place. If the injury is small, like a stubbed toe, you can just use tape to hold the injured area still.

Once you’ve protected the injured area, stop moving it. Keep it as still as possible throughout the recovery. If possible, walk with one left, with crutches or with the help of railings. If you absolutely must put weight on the injured foot, try to put the weight as far away from the injured area possible.

Apply Ice, 4 to 5 Times a Day

Ice causes blood vessels to constrict. This in turn reduces swelling. Reduced swelling can help reduce the pain, as well as speed up the healing process. The earlier you can start applying ice, the faster the injury will heal. The first few hours after the injury are the most important.

Apply ice to the injured area for 20 to 30 minutes, 4 or 5 times a day. In between sessions, apply light pressure to the injured area. A wraparound bandage is an effective tool to apply continual light pressure.

Keep the Foot Raised

Keep your foot raised when you’re sitting. Try to keep the foot above heart level. This reduces the blood flow to the foot, which also helps reduce the pain.

Following these steps will help ease the recovery for most types of ankle pain. If the pain persists, or if it’s more serious than the conditions discussed here, see a doctor right away.

5 Simple Tips to Relieve Agonizing Foot Pain

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.

Massage

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.

Soaking

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.
Inserts

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.

Stretches

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.