Your feet often take the most abuse from all the walking and running you do every day, not to mention the often ill-fitting footwear you endure in the name of fashion. Nearly everyone will develop foot problems in their lifetime from neglect and abuse.
Don’t be part of the statistic! Keep the aches and pains away with these methods. They’re quick and easy to do with barely any prep required.
Elevate Your Feet
The quickest and easiest way to alleviate foot pain is to put your feet up. After a long day spent walking or standing in uncomfortable shoes, nothing beats sitting down in your most comfortable armchair, taking off your shoes, and putting your feet up.
Raise your feet to a 45-degree angle while seated. Keep your feet elevated for at least 20 minutes to help reduce the swelling and move the blood back up your body. Wiggle and exercise your toes while you’re at it to get the circulation going in your feet again.
Treat Your Feet to a Massage
There’s a reason everyone loves foot massages -- they feel amazing! The best part is someone else massaging your feet with some relaxing oil to soothe your aches and pains away. You can even do it yourself with some self-massage.
Use both hands to massage your whole foot. Rub some oil and apply a little pressure while you work over your foot. Pay extra attention to your toes by squeezing them gently. Ease the ache from the bottom of your foot by applying pressure in a circular motion. You can also slide your thumb gently but firmly along the arch of your foot.
Finish your self-massage with foot stretches. Grasp your toes as if you’re holding hands and squeeze your fingers and toes together, holding this position for at least 10 seconds. Stretch your toes wide and repeat at least three times for each foot.
Soak Your Feet in a Warm Foot Bath
One of the best ways to rejuvenate tired feet is to soak them in warm water with some Epsom salts. Fill a small basin with enough warm water to cover your feet and mix one to two tablespoons of Epsom salts.
Let your feet sink in and soak for at least 15 minutes. Relax and feel your aches slowly wash away. After 15 minutes, rinse your feet with cool water, pat dry, and massage with your favorite moisturizing cream or lotion.
Tea is another great ingredient for soaking. Enjoy your favorite cup while your feet soak in either peppermint or chamomile tea. The best way is to steep four tea bags in two cups of boiling water and add this to a gallon of warm water. Soak your feet for about five minutes. Follow this up with a cold water wash. Repeat the process with warm water and lastly, another wash of cold water.
Engage in Foot Exercises
These foot exercises won’t tire you out or add to your body aches. Exercising your leg and foot muscles periodically throughout the day helps with foot pain and keeps your blood circulating.
Here are some simple exercises that you can do in place with no prep at all. Give your feet a good shake whenever they start to feel tight and cramped. Raise and shake a foot at a time, then flex your toes up and down. Your feet will feel relaxed in no time.
If you’ve been sitting or standing for a long while, try changing up your stance or walking in place for a few minutes. You can also rest your foot on another surface like a stool. While still seated, try and stretch your feet out in front of you. Take off your shoes and rotate your feet at the ankle a few times, flexing up and down as high and as low as you can.
Hot-and-Cold Water Therapy
Relieving foot pain through quick water temperature changes has been a favorite treatment in European spas, and for a good reason. The contrasting temperatures stimulate tired tissues, which in turn help with blood circulation and help with foot aches.
Run water over your feet for several minutes. Start with some comfortably hot water and let it run for about two minutes. Immediately follow it up with cool water for another minute. Repeat this process three to six times to revitalize your body. Increase the heat or lower the temperature as you go along and finish with cold water.
Foot pain is an almost inevitable part of life. The next time you feel an ache coming up, try these foolproof methods to get back on your feet in no time.
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