Pretty feet are a delight to have. Healthy feet, on the other hand, are a must-have. Our feet are vital for mobility. It's how we 'get up and go' to do everything that we do in this life.
Our feet are the foundation of our bodies. The average person walks 100,000 miles in one lifetime. It, therefore, goes without saying that we must take proper care of our feet.
Three reasons why you must take care of your feet are:
Even if you don't go to the podiatrist, you can apply basic home therapies. A simple foot file and trimming your nails will go a long way in reducing ingrown toenails and keep your feet healthy and pretty-looking.
Draw yourself a foot bath: A warm foot bath may sometimes be all you need to relieve yourself of an aching foot. Adding Epsom salts to the bath will reduce any swellings and ease sore muscles.
Stretching exercises: Why do you think ballet dancers have very healthy feet? They stretch those feet consistently. You can try some stretching routines to alleviate soreness. You may target specific points on your foot like your heels. You may also target the entire foot with the exercises.
Strengthening exercises: In addition to stretches, you should also strengthen your feet to keep them active and prevent future occurrences of foot pain. Taking regular walks are an ideal way to keep your feet limber and fit. No matter how sedentary your job is, refuse to fall into the inactive trap.
Massage the foot: When your feet ache, a massage can ease the pain and enhance circulation. The good news is that you can massage your feet yourself. Sit in a comfy chair, knead and rub the affected areas. You can use cream or oil to reduce friction and ease the process.
Ice those feet: One way to apply ice to sore feet is by filling a plastic bag with ice and sticking the affected foot in for about five to fifteen minutes several times a day. Doing this should help with pain and inflammation.
Change your shoes: Your shoes could be the reason for the pain you feel. Worn shoes or shoes that don't fit could mess with the well-being of your feet over time. Also, wear the appropriate shoes for every activity. For example, wear sneakers when taking a walk or running.
Take a pain reliever: If you're looking for a super-quick fix, take a pain reliever. Several over-the-counter medications will relieve the pain away. You may have to speak to your doctor for directions on how long you can take them without any side effects.
Wear night splints: It may be possible to tackle your foot pain even while sleeping by using a night splint. Night splints help keep your feet in a firm position through the night. That way, you won’t sleep with your toes pointing forward, which can cause foot pain.
Podiatrists recommend the following activities for keeping your feet healthy and pain-free:
1. Dry your feet well: Towel your feet dry after washing them. Fungal infections can develop between toes, especially when wet. Wear clean socks and also remember to remove any dead skin underneath your feet. A pumice stone will help you with that.
2. Cut toenails carefully: Regularly trim your toenails cutting straight across. Ensure that you use proper nail clippers and do not cut down the edges or cut at an angle because this can cause ingrown toenails. Also, make sure to use authentic nail polish.
3. Shop for shoes in the afternoon: Shoes are essential to foot health. You should realise that your feet swell as the day progresses and they are at their largest in the afternoon. So if the pair you’re buying fit well in the afternoon, they’re likely to remain comfortable.
4. Wear high heels sparingly: Reserve your high heels for special occasions. Wearing very high heels frequently is terrible for your feet.
5. Wear appropriate shoes: As we said earlier, always wear the right shoes for the right activity. Don’t go jogging with jungle boots or bathroom slippers. It's terrible for the skin of your feet and the feet in general.
6. Protect your feet in public places: When using gym showers or swimming pools, ensure you wear pool shoes or flip flops to protect your feet from infections.
7. Take care with flip-flops: Speaking of flip flops, try not to wear them too frequently. They can cause heel pain when you wear them too much because they don’t support the feet sturdily.
8. Have regular checks with a Podiatrist: A podiatrist is a foot doctor. If you have severe foot pain, see a podiatrist. It will do your feet a lot of good to have regular checkups with your podiatrist. If you have diabetes or have poor circulation, this is non-negotiable. In general, if there’s a pain in your foot that you can’t explain, check with a Podiatrist.
1. Foot massage: As you already know by now, a foot massage improves circulation. It revives muscles, eases tension and alleviates the pain. Also, regularly apply a foot cream to your feet.
2. Hot and cold water baths: Contrast baths are excellent therapy for sore muscles. They are also known to bring down swelling and stimulate blood flow all over the feet.
3. Ice: We mentioned this method earlier. It is a helpful home remedy for sore feet. Fill a bucket with water then add ice and dip your feet in for about ten to twenty minutes. Even if the pain is in one foot, dip both feet in regardless.
4. Kick your feet up: No, we're not trying to get under your skin. We're not joking. Sometimes a little relaxation is what you need. Keeping your feet elevated will immediately take the pressure off them. Many who have tried this have told of instant relief.
If the pain underneath your feet is really bad, any one of the following could be responsible:
1.Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of foot pain. It results when the plantar fascia is bruised or irritated. The plantar fascia is a thick collection of tissue that runs across the bottoms of your feet. Stretching, strengthening and balance exercises can offer relief. You may also seek medication.
2.Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: Tarsal tunnel syndrome is another cause of severe foot pain, which happens when tissue or bone compresses the main nerve that goes to the foot. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is the foot variant of the carpal tunnel syndrome which affects the wrists.
Stretch those feet: Perform a three-minute stretch that alternates between standing on the tip of your toes and balancing on your feet. As a final move, you can try stretching your feet against a wall. Relief should shortly follow.
Put your feet up: When your feet are sore after a long walk, keep them up. We recommend that you elevate them at a 30-degree angle from your head. You can sleep with your legs propped on a high stack of pillows. You should feel a lot better by morning because the sore muscles will heal.
Foot Massage: Whenever your feet hurt, for any reason, a massage can help.
You may think we are starting to sound like a broken record, but we cannot overemphasise this point. To relieve aching feet, try the following:
Rest your feet, soak your feet and massage your feet.
1.Rest your feet: What this means is to get off your feet after a long day. Put them up, lie down and chill out. It's as simple as that. If in doubt, scroll up and read more.
2.Soak your feet: You can do this as an alternative to icing your feet or drawing a hot bath. Soak your feet in warm water mixed in Epsom salt. Doing this will soothe your feet a great deal.
3.Massage your feet: You know the drill already. Try this at home and see for yourself. You can thank us later.
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