Life hacks are any tricks, shortcuts, skills, or methods that increase productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life. So it’s no surprise there are life hacks for your feet – the part of your body that walks you through life. If your feet hurt, life can be miserable, so we’ve provided some life hacks for your foot pain, and how to get information about longer term treatment when the life hacks just aren’t enough.
- If your foot falls asleep – When you get that “pins and needles” feeling in your feet, it’s usually due to an awkward posture that compresses the nerves. If your foot falls asleep it’s due to the nerves in your lower extremities, so get up and walk around. However, if you constantly feel numbness and tingling, you should find out if you have Neuropathy.
- Tennis ball massage – If you occasionally have general foot pain, try rolling a tennis ball along the bottom of your bare foot to get a relaxing DIY foot massage. This can help with foot problems like plantar fasciitis and arch pain.
- Foot reflexology – It’s suggested that the foot acts as a map to other areas of the body. When pressure is applied to certain areas of the foot that correspond to specific areas on the body, it promotes health benefits and healing.
- Prevent a sandal tan – you know it’s important to put sunscreen on, but many people forget to lather it on the top of their feet.
- Bring your own pedicure tools – You don’t really know for sure how well the nail salon cleans and sanitizes the tools. Bringing your own will help minimize the risk of getting an infection like toenail fungus.
- Refresh your feet – Sometimes your feet just need a little TLC. You can make rejuvenating foot scrubs using ingredients from your kitchen. Mix 1-2 cups of sugar or Epsom salt, ½ cup of warmed coconut oil, 10-15 drops of peppermint oil, and scrub away!
- Go shoe shopping in the afternoon – Your feet swell in the afternoon when the temperatures are warmer and after you’ve been on them for most of the day, so trying on shoes during this time will help ensure you don’t get a pair that ends up being too tight. If your shoes don’t fit properly you risk aggravating your bunion or hammertoes, affecting the way you walk, and even causing pain in other areas of your body.
- Lace lock - Have you ever wondered what the extra shoelace hole at the top of your running shoes isreallyfor? This simple trick when tying your shoes helps you get more support when running and prevent blisters with a “heel lock” or “lace lock” that creates extra friction between the laces at your ankle.
- Use dryer sheets in your shoes – If you have excessively sweaty feet that cause your shoes to smell, sticking a dryer sheet inside of them at the end of the day will help absorb moisture and make them smell nicer too!
Life hacks are great short term solutions, but if you suffer from chronic foot pain, you should visit a podiatrist to be evaluated and find out the best treatment option for you.
If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, consider contacting a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare, where you’ll experience convenience, kindness, and the best possible care for your foot problems.
Adler Footcare offers the latest advancements in foot care, such as HyProCure®, minimally invasive surgery, stem cell therapy, and more. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.