10 Sore Feet Remedies to Soothe Your Foot Pain
Foot pain is incredibly common. It can be experienced on or in any area of the foot, including the toes, the heel, the sole, or the arch. It can be caused by injury, illness, or following trauma to the foot. The cause of the pain will help determine the most effective means of alleviating the pain and curing the condition, but below are some of the most beneficial and successful methods of help to combat sore feet.
- Hot And Cool Water Therapy
Hot and cool water therapy can bring great relief, and it also combines easily with self-massage. Fill one bucket with hot, but bearable, water. Fill another bucket with cold water. Place your feet in the hot water for three minutes before swapping them into the cold water for ten seconds. Repeat the process three times.
Heat improves blood flow while the cold water reduces inflammation. If you have heat pads and cold pads, you can use these instead of buckets of water.
Massage is another great way to stimulate blood flow, therefore reducing the pain or numbness that can be caused by poor circulation. Massage isn’t a long-term treatment, and it will usually prove most effective for heel pain rather than top of the foot pain. It is, however, a simple, free, short-term solution to heel pain. It can also be performed at any time of the day, and virtually anywhere.
Don’t massage too vigorously or you could cause additional pain or exacerbate any physiological ailment. Ideally, get somebody else to massage your feet, but self-massage will also be effective. Use ice for additional relief, or massage clove oil or another natural remedy into the pain.
Ice reduce swelling and puffiness. Swollen joints are painful joints because the swollen areas rub against one another. What’s more, the severe cold of the ice will temporarily numb the nerve endings, which means that you can enjoy some pain free relief in your feet, soles, ankles, or other painful areas.
Only apply ice for periods of less than ten minutes at a time. If you leave ice directly on the skin for longer periods than this, you can cause damage to the dermis and to the nerve ends.
- Exercise Your Feet
Stretching your feet can help to alleviate the symptoms of plantar fasciitis and other foot complaints. It can also strengthen joints and relieve tension in the muscles. There are a number of different exercises that you can do, at home, that will help to alleviate pain.
Wrap a rubber band around your toes and stretch your toes out as wide as possible. Repeat this ten times. This is a great way to relieve cramp and tightness that is caused by wearing shoes all day at work. Alternatively, drop a pencil on the floor and use your toes to pick it up.
- Try Shoe Inserts
Shoe inserts, or orthotic inserts, cushion the soles of the feet. They can also provide additional support for unusual foot shapes. Shoe inserts are especially useful if you suffer from plantar fasciitis, and you can combine them with plantar fasciitis shoes to get the best possible results.
Not all shoe inserts offer the same results. Look around for the best for your foot complaint, or read our plantar fasciitis relief page to find more information.
- Ensure Your Shoes Fit Properly
Ill-fitting shoes is one of the most common causes of sore feet. Loose fitting shoes will rub while tight fitting shoes force your feet to contract and squeeze into awkward shapes. Loose or tight fitting shoes will not provide the proper support that your feet require.
Determine whether you have wide or narrow feet, choose shoes with the appropriate level of arch and heel support, and those with good ankle support. Choose the best shoes for bunions, for plantar fasciitis, or for any other foot complaint that you suffer. These will offer support where it’s needed, and they will provide the cushioning that your feet need.
Vinegar reduces inflammation, which means that it can be used to help treat strains and sprains. It needs to be applied topically, and is usually combined with hot water to yield the best results.
Add a couple of tablespoons to a hot bath. Alternatively, add the same amount to a bucket of hot water, and soak your feet for approximately 10 minutes. The hot water and vinegar combination makes this a great way to soothe tired feet after a day’s work or a day of walking.
Another possible use for vinegar is to add some to the hot and cold water baths mentioned in step 1.
- Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is primarily made up of magnesium. It is believed that bathing your feet in a combination of hot water and Epsom Salt allows the magnesium to soak in through the skin and reduce inflammation and minimise pain.
Epsom salt is another solution that can be used during the hot and cold water treatment, or you can add it to your soothing bath when you get home from work.
- Clove Oil
Clove oil contains eugenol. It can be used as a natural treatment for tooth pain, and is also used to alleviate headaches. It can also be used to combat foot pain and other aches and pains.
Use pure clove oil and massage the painful area of your foot with the oil. Alternatively, if you have sensitive feet, dilute the Epsom oil by adding one or two drops to a teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil.
- Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin. Capsaicin reduces the intensity of pain receptors in the body. In order to do this, however, it first has to stimulate the receptors. This means that capsaicin can initially lead to an increase in pain, before you ultimately enjoy a reduction in pain levels.
Sprinkle cayenne pepper on your feet, or even sprinkle it in your socks on cold days. Alternatively, add half a teaspoon of the powder to a bucket of water and soak your feet for up to ten minutes.
Foot pain can have a major detrimental effect on your life. If you have to spend long periods of time standing or walking around, the problem can be further exacerbated, and you may experience additional inflammation or pain. Cold and heat can work well, especially when applied intermittently, while natural solutions containing Epsom Salt, vinegar, or cayenne pepper also offer relief to many sufferers. Do ensure that you buy appropriate shoes, that fit properly, and consider combining these with shoe inserts that offer additional support and cushioning to the feet.