How to Relive Foot Pain
causes foot pain?
There are many factors that contribute to foot pain
- Wearing shoes that do not fit properly — causing calluses and
- Obesity or being overweight increases chances of foot problems
A great tip when buying shoes — buy them in the afternoon when
feet are at their largest due to swelling. If you wear heels, no
more than one inch is best.
Calluses are thickened layers of skin caused by repeated pressure
or friction. These are usually seen on the top or side of a toe
when shoes do not fit properly. A bunion is a condition where the
big toe points toward the second toe. This causes a bump on the
edge of the foot that may also appear on the joint of the big toe.
High-heeled, narrow shoes that push the big toe towards the second
toe can cause bunions. The condition is seen mostly in women, and
sometimes runs in families. Bunions can become painful when extra
bone and accompanying fluid-filled sac start to develop at the
base of the big toe.
Relieving foot pain
There feet relieving pain procedures can be used for all kinds
of foot pain. Baths of hot and cold water can be very helpful for
reducing swelling and pain.
Here’s what you do:
1. Soak your foot for 5 minutes in cold water
2. Move the foot to a container of hot water of a tolerable temperature.
The temperature of the water should not be cool or even lukewarm.
3. Soak the foot in the hot water for 5 minutes
4. Return to the cold water
This simple process invigorates the feet and opens and closes blood
vessels. When you’re finished, use a moisturizing lotion to help
massage the feet.
There are some ointments, especially those made from capsaicin
(interestingly, an active ingredient in hot peppers) that are excellent
in relieving foot pain. The capsaicin helps in relieving the blaze
caused by burning feet especially for diabetic individuals. Applying
the ointment may cause burning sensations in some people but should
not be a cause of alarm as this effect lessens over time.
Especially for diabetics, the effects of capsaicin ointment are
remarkable. Many diabetics report greater improvement and were
waling more easily compared to those using other brands of creams.
Another advantage comes from the fact that since these ointments
are applied onto the skin, there is less risk of side effects.
Break in new shoes carefully
New shoes often create some foot problems, especially if you use
them for running or strenuous walking or hiking. Individuals with
new shoes shouldn’t over exert or they may end up experiencing
excruciating break-in pains.
Of course modern footwear has come a long way in terms of shoe
Stretching out the calf can help reduce or relieve foot pain.
1. Standing three feet away from a wall, place your hand on the
2. Lean toward the wall, bringing one leg forward and bending at
3. Keep your back leg straight with the heel on the floor and then
gently stretch the calf muscle.
4. Repeat for the other foot
Stretches like this can help in relieving some of the tension in
Choose the appropriate shoe size and shapes
Choosing the right shoe size and shape is important when it comes
to foot problems. You need to buy shoes that match the arch of
your foot so you don’t put too much tension on your foot. Another
tip? Shop for shoes in the afternoon, as feet tend to be larger
at this time of day.
Before you try any of the remedies discussed here, consult your
own doctor for the treatments that will be best for your unique
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