Those in careers requires you to be on your feet all day (or in shoes that look good but feel less so at the end of the day) can appreciate a good at-home remedy for foot relief. Well, we’ve got eight of them!
A day full of standing can put a lot of pressure on the soles of your feet. An ideal remedy is a hot soak. Make it a more relaxing experience by matching your environment to the relaxing hot foot bath. Get into something comfortable, like your favorite pair of sweats or yoga pants, light some aromatic candles, and dim the lights. By addressing some mental stress relief, you can further enhance your overall experience than if you just soaked your feet in a hot tub of water.
Before dunking your feet right into a hot bath, first wash them with cold water for a few minutes. This will make the transfer to the hot water more intense. Fill a bath, bucket, or foot tub with as hot of water as you can stand. Sit somewhere comfortable, rinse your feet with cold water for 3 or 4 minutes, and then dunk your feet into their hot bath. Let soak for 10-15 minutes.
Elevate Your Feet
When you have ben on your feet all day, the blood is not able to efficiently circulate through your extremities because of interference from gravity. With your feet elevated, circulation through your feet can improve, which can help reduce inflammation and swelling.
Electric Foot Massager
If you don’t have one and often experience foot pain, purchasing an electric foot massager will be an important and useful investment. Opt for a model that also massages your calves as well as your feet and applies heat in order to maximize the effect of the massage and improved circulation.
This manual tool works to massage and apply pressure to your sore feet just as a massage therapist would with their fingers and hands. While it may not provide as deep of a massage an as electric foot massager, it still does an effective job at relieving foot pain.
Providing similar effects as the above; however, this tool is a handheld rod, about the size of a pencil. This allows you to target specific areas that are causing you pain whereas the roller applies pressure to your whole sole as you roll your foot over it.
Stretching your muscles isn’t just for before workouts. It is also important when your body is not very active—like when you are standing all day. Stretching during the day and after work when you are home relaxing can help reduce cramping and loosen knots building in your calf and foot muscles. It also helps keep muscles supple and encourages circulation—both important for pain relief caused by fatigue and overuse.
Compression socks can help aid circulation while you are at work and help prevent the fatigue your feet feel after a long day. Ideally, you should only wear them for a few hours. Over time, the socks will lose their compression abilities, so short periods of wear can help prolong their life. In addition, your body can become used to their effect, and like routinely taking over the counter pain killers, when this happens, the effects wear off.
Don’t just treat—solve your problem.
Each of these above methods can help reduce the pain you feel at the end of the day, but the best treatment is prevention. In order to reduce foot pain, you should do your best to prevent it from happening in the first place. First, check your footwear. This is likely where most, if not all, of your foot pain is stemming from. If you do a lot of walking or standing all day, you need a pair of comfortable shoes that can keep up with you, including appropriate arch support. Even if you sit at a desk, having proper footwear can still help. If you are in uncomfortable or restrictive heels, the walk from your office to car can still cause you to have issues. If you have on a good pair of shoes, you may want to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to make sure there are no underlying medical issues causing your chronic foot pain.