The feet are one part of the body that is largely forgotten, until there is pain. For people suffering from diabetes or other problems that affect circulation, the feet require extra care. You might however experience foot ache even when in perfect health. Having to bear your weight every day is no mean task. The following feet remedies may offer some relief:
- Foot exercises – Exercising the feet, ankles and toes will help them stretch and relax. Toe curls can be done by picking small objects like marbles with the toes and forming them into a pile. Also try lifting off your toes above the ground and standing on toes for some minutes. Stretch your ankle by moving the foot up and down as well as making circles. The calf muscle can be relaxed by doing the wall/runner’s stretch. Also roll the sole of your foot on a tennis ball or a frozen water bottle.
- Foot Swelling – It you experience swelling, keep your feet elevated for about 10 to 20 minutes at about 45 degrees above the rest of the body. You can lie on the body and rest the feet on the headboard, or lie on the floor with the feet resting on the edge of the bed or chair. This moves blood away from the feet and reduces swelling and aching.
- Soak the feet in a basin of salty water for about 15 minutes – Rub your feet in the process. The temperature of water may vary according to your Cold water is advisable for swollen feet, and you may even find it more soothing to add ice cubes. You can rinse in running water, and some people even find relief in alternating cold and hot water for rinsing. Afterwards pat the feet dry with a soft cloth/towel , and moisturize with a lotion or cream.
- Pamper the feet with a massage – Using a massage cream or lotion rub the feet gently all over, giving special attention to the aching areas. Massage in small circular motions with the fingers. Then using the thumb, rub the arch of the foot with deep, long strokes. Rotate, squeeze and pull each toe. Finally, hold each foot between both hands and rub up and down the entire length.
- Choose shoes wisely – Avoid shoes that are too high. Even if you like high heels, do not wear them every day. Alternate with low shoes. You should buy shoes that fit comfortably. Too often people squeeze into shoes just because they are in fashion or because they are of a certain rare color or make. Well-fitting shoes alone are a feet ache remedy by themselves. There should be plenty of room in the toe box, never mind the obsession with sharp shooters. They should also be wide enough so your foot doesn’t bulge at the edges.
- Know your feet – Some feet have high arches, while others tend to be flat. High arched feet tend to be rigid and require adequate cushioning to absorb shock while flat feet require shoes that prevent excess movement.
Your feet carry you everywhere. They experience sweat, mud, dust and all sorts of dirt. Pay attention to them every day. Take good care of your feet and you can be assured of your mobility.