You should feel sorry for your feet. They are overworked and often mistreated. They endure us standing on them in one place for too long, cramming them into uncomfortable shoes, sometimes going barefoot on rough surfaces, walking for long periods of time without good support, and absorbing approximately 1,000 pounds of force in one day. It’s no wonder that we complain about our feet hurting at the end of the day. Ultimately, it’s a good idea to visit a New York podiatrist when you’re experiencing chronic foot pain, but there are some popular ways to give your feet relief at home first.
Soaking your feet in warm or cold water can bring instant relief to your foot pain. Soaking in cold water will help reduce any inflammation you have. Soaking in warm water will help increase blood flow. Combining Epsom salt in your warm water soak will help soothe and relax your feet even more.
Tip from a New York Podiatrist: Put 2-3 tablespoons of Epsom salt in the warm water and soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes. The Epsom salt can make your feet dry, so be sure to apply moisturizer after soaking them.
Similar to soaking in cold water, applying an ice pack to the area can help reduce pain and swelling. Simply put a small amount of crushed ice in a plastic bag and massage the affected area. Just don’t use the ice pack for more than 10 minutes at a time or you may risk damage to the skin and nerves.
A foot massage can help your foot pain by improving circulation, stimulating muscles, and reducing tension. Check out this blog to learn how foot reflexology techniques can help too.
Tip from a New York Podiatrist: A foot massage feels even better when someone else does it. Show this video below to your significant other so they can learn the techniques!
If you twisted or sprained your ankle applying a compression wrap is used to prevent swelling; however, it doesn’t support the ankle or prevent it from moving. It’s really just a reminder to yourself to be careful.
Tip from a New York Podiatrist: If it feels like something more than just a minor injury and you think you may have broken your ankle contact a podiatrist right away so it doesn’t get worse.
An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen or aspirin can help with swelling and minimize pain, especially in combination with other options above.
Simply changing to shoes that provide your feet better support and are more comfortable for you to wear for long periods of time can help lessen the foot pain you may be experiencing at the end of the day.
Tip from a New York Podiatrist: Check out this blog for shoe shopping tips to help you find the right fit.
Sometimes all you need is to take it easy. If your feet are sore after a long run or strenuous exercise, taking a walking tour while on vacation, or just from standing all day at work, all they may need is a little R&R propped up on the ottoman.
If you’re experiencing foot pain resulting from a minor injury or just every day wear and tear these are some things you can do for yourself at home. It’s important to note that in cases of chronic foot pain it’s best to visit a New York podiatrist to diagnose the problem and recommend the best treatment options for you.