Foot pain can be an unbearable feeling considering how large of a role our feet play in everyday movement. Foot pain can be caused by a variety of reasons such as increased activity, improper footwear, or being non-flexible. Before resorting to medication or other costly treatments, you might want to consider natural remedies first.
Take a Bath
There’s nothing better than a warm bath to relax your muscles and alleviate some pain. Lucky for you, foot baths are easier than drawing an entire bath and can be done from almost anywhere in your home. Add in some Epsom salt and essential oils and you can sit back and relax. We do not recommend foot baths if you have any open wounds or cuts on your feet and ankles.
Get a Foot Massage
Massages are a great way to relieve tension and get in hard-to-reach areas that massage therapies are great at massaging. During a massage, the muscles can relax and built-up toxins are flushed out of your body, making it an experience that’s good for both the mind and body. If you’re experiencing foot pain, a foot massage can be a great way to relax and target specific pain points. Again, we don’t recommend getting a foot massage if you have an existing injury or open wound.
Stretching is an activity that should be included in your daily routines. Not only is stretching great for treatment, but it’s also an excellent preventive measure. There are many different foot stretches you can perform that take less than 10 minutes a day. It’s best to do these in the morning before exercising or heading out for work.
Practice Strength Training
Much like the rest of your body, your feet and ankle can benefit from strength training. By strengthening the muscles in your feet and ankles you’re helping prevent injuries or aches that can cause persistent foot pain. We recommend sticking to exercises within your skill range and starting small before attempting strenuous activities. We also want to stress the importance of stretching before and after any sort of physical activity.
See a Podiatrist
If all else fails and you are experiencing persistent foot pain, you should see a Podiatrist. Your Podiatrist will be able to determine the cause of the pain and get you started on a custom treatment plan that’s just for you. If you are injured or notice swelling or extreme pain, it’s best to seek treatment from a Podiatrist before attempting any self-treatment.
If you are concerned about your foot pain, contact us and schedule an appointment today!