In a survey involving a thousand Americans, 77 percent of people were found to be suffering from foot pain of different degrees. This shows that foot pain is a common yet overlooked cause of pain. 

Foot pains are caused by injury, overuse, or inflammatory conditions involving any of the bones, ligaments, or tendons in the foot. If you experience foot pain, it may range from mild to severe, which can either subside quickly or become recurrent. 

You may not be willing to visit the doctor if your foot pain is slight, but you should if it is often occurring. If you cannot see a doctor now, there are measures you can take to help you feel relief. 

In this article, we highlight easy remedies that are reliable and effective in easing foot pain. 

Do note that these are not to be medical alternatives, as an underlying health problem may be causing your foot pain. We advise that you see a physician as soon as possible if your pain persists despite these remedies. 

Water Therapy 

Hot or cold water therapy is an effective way to alleviate the pain in your sore foot. The heat helps to soothe pain, while cold temperatures may ease inflammation. Soaking your feet up in contrasting temperatures is a form of hydrotherapy that helps relieve sore muscles. It involves alternating between hot and cold water immersion. Start by putting your feet in slightly hot water for about three to five minutes. You can then lower the water’s temperature to a level you can tolerate. 

Epsom Salts 

This remains one of the oldest treatments for relieving sore, aching muscles and loosening stiff joints. 

When exposed to water, Epsom salt breaks down into magnesium and sulfate. Your body is able to absorb the healing properties in it, and this will work to lessen pain, swelling, and bruises when added to a warm bath. If you want to take an Epsom salt bath, ensure the water is warm and add about one or two cups of salt. You should then relax and keep your hurting foot immersed in the water for at least 12 minutes. 

Massages 

Massages are a simple but effective pain management activity for your foot. Here is a guide to do this: 

  • Rub your feet in a circular motion from the heel to the top by pressing your thumbs into the bottom of each foot. You might want to pay attention to any tense or especially tender areas.
  • Use minimal pressure to rub each pad of your toe and your feet from top to bottom in circular motions using the heel of your hands.
  • You can add some massage oils while doing this. The use of oil during the massage will help to stretch your muscles, promote flexibility, and promote blood flow. Some essential oils may also help soothe your pain

Ice Packs 

This remedy is primarily able to provide immediate pain relief for the feet. This is particularly true if your foot pain is caused by excessive standing and stress. When unwinding, you can run a frozen water bottle along the arch of your feet. There is a tendon here called the fascia that runs from your heel to your toes. Concentrating the ice on this area will bring you relief. If you have soreness or inflammation in any other areas of your feet, try placing your foot briefly in an iced bowl of water. 

While the treatments mentioned above are straightforward and efficient, going to the physician to have your feet adequately checked for diagnosis and treatment is always more reassuring.

 

If you have lived with foot pain for a while, it may be chronic and require specialist attention. Contact us at Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center to discuss a treatment plan that will leave you permanently pain-free.