It’s been a long day of work and all you want to do is kick off your shoes and relax. You can’t relax though, because the foot pain you’re dealing with is just excruciating. This soreness isn’t just your average ‘been on my feet all day’ kind of pain. This is aggravating. There are some simple steps that you can take to make that feeling a thing of the past, and better treat your feet to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Have a doctor take a look at your feet.
If you’re dealing with constant foot pain that just won’t stop, it’s time to see a podiatrist in your area. A foot doctor will be able to take an assessment of the status of your feet and discover the root cause of the pain. If you are finding that you’re dealing with arch pain all the time, you may be diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition of the plantar fascia, which is the tissue at the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes. This tissue can become strained and inflamed when stretched repeatedly. This strain and inflammation can cause significant discomfort.
A podiatrist may recommend arch support insoles to put in your shoes to provide support for your arches throughout the day. These insoles can be created by your doctor, making for personalized orthotic insoles that adapt specifically to your feet. You can also purchase support insoles in your local pharmacy or retailer. In addition to providing arch support, you can actually strengthen the foot with insoles, better suited for those with flat feet.
Take a look at natural remedies.
Doctors may offer prescription medication as a solution to your foot pain, or over-the-counter medication. However, companies like Pure Encapsulations afford patients a more holistic approach. Alpha-lipoic acid, fish oil, and boron are just some of the common supplements that are recommended for those dealing with constant pain. Those are just some of the vitamins and minerals that address inflammation and pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Vitamin C, vitamin A, and magnesium may also be recommended to deal with aches and pains all over.
One natural solution that has been recommended in recent years is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has become a topical treatment because of its antibacterial properties. A tea tree oil cream, applied twice daily for one month, has been shown to be effective in relieving symptoms of athlete’s foot. Athletes’ feet can impact gait posture, affecting the ability to stand for a long time, beyond the overall funk of the feet brought on by this condition or nail fungus.
Give exercise a try.
Podiatrists may also recommend certain stretches and exercises to help relieve foot pain, while also strengthening the muscles in the foot. Targeting one area of the foot from the toes to the heel can deliver some ease. Flex your toes, point them, and curl them. If you can do this multiple times, you’ll feel the effects of the foregoing exercises over time. You can also warm up your feet by sitting down and extending your legs, moving the toes and ankles around to release knots in ligaments and tendons brought on by a lack of foot support.
Beyond stretching, take a resistance band and adjust it so that you can pull it toward you and hold it in place for a few seconds. Repeating this over time can lead to significant improvement over time. This stretches the heel out, assisting your basic mobility. It also makes for better shock absorption when engaging in more intense exercise. Remember, you only have two feet. Treat them like the rarities they are.