Foot pain can be debilitating, whether it’s a symptom of a long term rheumatic condition, due to an injury or another reason. Dealing with the pain is not always as simple as just taking painkillers and here we are looking at some helpful tips for managing foot pain yourself.
Although not always a good idea, elevating your foot to a 45 degree angle and relaxing it entirely can help. This is especially the case if you have been on your feet all day and are relaxing after work or other activities. It helps to get circulation going again and allows your muscles to rest.
Tried and tested for centuries soaking your feet in warm water and Epsom salts can help to soothe and alleviate any pain. Massaging your feet gently when they dry also helps improve circulation.
Applying heat to sore joints and muscles can help bring down inflammation and minimise the pain you are experiencing. The same can be true of cold therapies such as applying ice to the sore area.
Over the Counter Relief
You can always speak to a pharmacist about your specific pain. They can advise over counter relief and in most instances, will probably suggest you speak to your doctor.
Dependent on the pain you experience you may find relief in certain exercises. When you live with an arthritic or rheumatic condition then you may want to wait for medical guidance before taking up any exercise. Simple stretches and remembering to remain mobile, even if you work in a sedentary job, is a good idea.
Consider your Footwear
High heels are known to cause foot pain. It tightens your calf muscle and can lead to foot fatigue and worse. You may also want to consider insoles to add extra cushioning within your shoes. Again, if you have a medical team around you specific insoles or footwear may be recommended.