Feet are one of the unsung heroes of anatomy. Think about it: All day long they help you walk, supporting the weight of your entire body – often while crammed into uncomfortable shoes that provide little or no support; they even help you balance while you’re sitting at your desk. No wonder they feel sore and tired at the end of the day!
Show your feet the appreciation they deserve by following a few simple DIY tricks to eliminate aches and pains and help feel refreshed:
- Try an Epsom salt soak. Epsom salts can help reduce pain and inflammation that typically accompany tired, overworked feet. Add a half cup of Epsom salts to a basin of warm water and soak your feet for about 30 minutes. While you’re at it, consider adding some essential oils like peppermint or lavender to please your nose too. Follow up by rubbing a good moisturizer into your skin while it’s still damp, try Sole Savour Creme.
- Put those old tennis balls to work. They may not bounce any more, but that’s no reason why they can’t still be useful. Roll one under your feet to soothe muscles and keep feet flexible. No tennis ball? Try a soup can, or even a rolling pin can work!
- Stre-e-e-etch your feet. Your feet have muscles just like the rest of your body. Yet they rarely get the attention they deserve when it comes to keeping them in shape. Take a few moments throughout the day to stretch feet so muscles stay supple and avoid cramps and aches that can occur when muscles are tight. At your desk, kick your shoes off and stretch your toes as wide apart as you can; wiggle them back and forth. Then try alternately pointing and flexing your toes, rotating your ankles slowly to help stretch the muscles that run along the sides of your feet. Repeat several times a day.
- Elevate your legs. Sometimes, feet feel tired because they’ve been experiencing the day-long effects of gravity. Turn the tide by elevating your feet, ideally above your heart, while you’re watching TV or reading. Elevating above the heart reduces the pressure on the tiny valves in your vessels. Not only can that relieve the aching, throbbing sensations that often accompany tired feet, but it can also help you avoid varicose veins.
- Give yourself a foot rub. Sure, it’s always better when someone else does it, but you might be surprised how much better your feet feel after a 10- or 15-minute massage. It’s another good activity to perform while watching TV. Pay special attention to the thick band of connective tissue on the bottom of your foot that supports your arches – the plantar fascia. Many foot pain issues are associated with injury to this tissue, and massaging it at day’s end can help keep it flexible, plus identify any areas of soreness that might require more attention. And don’t forget your toes!
Finally, if you notice any painful spots on your feet or toes, call us at 646-484-5185 to schedule an evaluation so you can be sure your feet stay as healthy as possible.