Check out these four ways to treat sore feet:
- A massage: Maybe you can’t get to a masseuse today, but you can always massage your feet at home. Gently rub your feet with a good foot lotion. Be careful not to apply lotion between the toes, however, as the extra moisture could encourage fungus.
- A rolling ball: Using a golf ball or ball-shaped foot massager, roll the ball around under your foot. This is best done while sitting so you don’t lose your balance. Gently roll the ball in a circular motion, and stop if it feels uncomfortable. Many people find the ball to give a massage-like relief to sore feet.
- Epsom salts: Try soaking feet in an Epsom salt soak of warm water. The salts can help relieve minor aches and pains and swelling. Do not use extreme temperatures of hot or cold unless specifically instructed by your podiatrist. People with diabetes, in particular, could damage their feet by using too-hot or cold water.
- Elevate: Whenever possible, put your feet up. The elevation alone can reduce swelling and pain. If your feet still ache after a few minutes of elevation, consider an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, if your physician approves it.
Take good care of your feet every day to help minimize soreness. Wear proper footwear, keep nails trimmed, and check your feet for blisters, sores, or other problems — particularly if you have diabetes or peripheral neuropathy.
But, what if I work on my feet?
If your job requires you to be on your feet for long periods, it’s even more important to ensure you are wearing shoes with proper support. Drink plenty of water to keep muscles hydrated, and see your podiatrist if your foot pain is ongoing.
If you sit most of the day, don’t cross your legs for long periods. When you’re at home, consider wearing a pair of supportive shoes around the house, rather than going barefoot. These steps can help minimize problems and sore feet.
Are your feet hurting continually throughout the day? Call Kansas City Foot Specialists to schedule an evaluation at (913) 338-4440, or request an appointment online so we can work with you to keep your feet healthy.