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How to Maintain Comfortable Feet

Updated on May 29, 2013
relaxing feet!
relaxing feet! | Source

What makes our Feet hurt?

Quite often, we abuse our feet by not taking proper care of them. While there are many avoidable reasons, there are some that can't be avoided. We can only try to make the best of certain circumstances and use some of the following methods to ease the stress they will put on our feet.

Tips on Buying Comfortable Shoes.

I am not going to go on and on about particular brands. I feel that, while there are known "comfort brands", what works for you may not work for someone else. Here are a few tips when buying shoes:

  • Try on shoes later in the day. You will be more sensitive to aches and pains.
  • If it doesn't hurt when you try it on, it doesn't mean it won't hurt later, but...if it hurts when you try it on, it will definitely hurt later! Bring or wear any socks or inserts that you plan on wearing woith the shoes.
  • If you find a great pair of comfortable shoes, go back and buy more!
  • If you find a great pair of comfortable shoes, tell your friends!
  • When trying shoes on, walk around the store in them.
  • Ask about return policies in case they are not comfortable. This is especially important if you have spent a fortune on them.
  • Wear your new shoes for several hours around the house to make sure they are comfortable

Wear the Correct Shoes!

While there are many contributing factors to sore feet, we all know that shoes are one of the biggest. Wearing the right shoes for the right activity is critical and I want to emphasize the importance of fit and function.

Shoes are not the Only reason your Feet are Sore.

You can have the most comfortable footwear but your feet can still be sore. While they do contribute to sore feet, there are many physical reasons for sore feet.

Your Feet are your Foundation...

....your base, your pedestal. Treat them with the respect they deserve. Pamper them! Put them up when you are at rest. Soak them when they are sore. Massage them to ease out the tension. Slather them with good smelling,moisturizing lotion. Be kind to your feet. They carry you pretty much everywhere you have to go!

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After breaking my foot, I couldn't wait to get out of my boot and wear these again!Which were very quickly replaced by these!
After breaking my foot, I couldn't wait to get out of my boot and wear these again!
After breaking my foot, I couldn't wait to get out of my boot and wear these again! | Source
Which were very quickly replaced by these!
Which were very quickly replaced by these! | Source

Things that can cause Foot Soreness

Avoidable
Unavoidable
Physiological
Serious Physical Causes
You just had to have "those" new shoes!
You were on your feet all day at work.
Pregnancy
Fracture, sprain, strain
You danced all night (in the above shoes!)
"Bridezilla" commanded you to wear a particular pair of shoes.
Obesity
Arthritis, gout, diabetes
You ran out of gas and had to walk to the gas station.
Baby was up all night and only calmed down when you walked him.
Age
Bunions, plantar's warts, heel spurs
You ran errands all day in flip flops
You ran out of gas and had to walk to the gas station.
Muscle or ligament strain
Plantars fasciitis, neoroma, tarsal tunnel syndrome
You haven't clipped your toenails in months.
You had to run errands all day.
Flat feet
Tendonitis, gangrene, blocked arteries
 
 
 
 

Happy Feet!

How to Maintain Comfortable Feet.

Be pro-active in your footcare. Be careful what shoes you choose. Make sure you have regular pedicures.Recognize when your feet need a break. Soak those tired feet! It will relax more than just your feet!

Soak them in Epsom salt. Epsom salt is a mineral rich in magnesium, that can reduce inflammation, help nerve and muscle function and so much more.

After, use lotions with tea tree oil, witch hazel and/or eucalyptus. All are soothing and promote healthy feet.

Please check out these hubs from our own SuzieHQ

Follow her wonderful ideas for a refreshing foot soak and massage! And don't forget to exfoliate first! If you are not familiar with Suzie, I recommend that you take a look at her hubs. She makes her own amazing beauty products with step-by-step instructions for the reader to follow along!

Pedicures are not just for Pretty Feet.

Many of us believe that we have pedicures so that we can put pretty colors on our toes and show off our feet. Now...I love a pretty manicure and living in a state where we wear sandals most of the year, I enjoy fancy feet but, I'm not sure if people realize that pedicures are important for the health of your feet. It doesn't matter if you are male or female. It doesn't matter if you do it at home or in a salon. It only matters that you do it!

  • Regular pedicures keep you from having ingrown toenails and keep callouses at bay.
  • Cleaning and clipping your toenails also leeps bacteria from growing and reduces foot odor.
  • Sloughing away the dead skin promotes new skin cell growth and the liklihood of developing corns and bunions lessens.

A massage with lotion or oil produces its own set of benefits, like:

  • reducing foot pain
  • managing stress
  • promoting circulation in calf and leg muscles


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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great advice, I always baby my feet and I get a foot lotioning almost every night and I sure enjoy it!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Right there with you, Jackie! I only started getting regular pedicures in the past 5 years or so. I have no idea what I did without them!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Perfect timing for this useful and informative piece.

      Well written, Randi and Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Maria! You are always appreciated! Thank you you for the votes! xoxo, Randi

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have not had problems with my feet yet....crossing my fingers as I type this. Thanks for the suggestions should problem arise.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Lucky you, Bill! Or, maybe you are just doing the right and sensible things for them! :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I may print this out and put it on my fridge door! My feet . . . ugh. I think I was born with sensitive, 'touchy' feet!

      Thank you for the advice. I especially love the TLC, including slathering with lovely smelling lotion!

      I'm sure a contributing factor for mine is sitting too long at the computer! Though it's usually my laptop, I never use it on my lap, but on a little table here in front of me as I sit on the couch, - so I won't spill my water on it if I doze off! (From experience, I might add! I fried one that way!) The result, though, is that my feet dangle and I can't put them up the way they were when I fried that computer! Maybe my values are switched? haha. After all, I can replace a computer! Feet?- nope.

      Anyway, your good hub is a great reminder to be more careful with those tootsies! Thank you, Randi!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      You are so right, Nellieanna, we must love our tootsies. May I suggest an ottoman or stepstool to rest them on while you are working? Breaking my foot last year put everything in a new perspective. I have learned to slow down and not abuse these babies like I used to! Good luck! I hope your feet feel better :)

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      You're talking to the lady with the worst foot problems in the entire world. Sadly I spent my life in high heels. Being a singer on stage for over 40 years, I was required to wear those kinds of shoes and walked my poor feet into the ground.

      Great hub with sensible information. Voted up and will share!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, vocalcoach! I'm right there with you on the worst feet. Between arthritis, years of high heel abuse, rsd and more, my poor feet are constantly sore. Good luck with your feet. I hope they feel better soon. Thank you so much for the vote and share!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for these tips. Lately I have been suffering from swollen feet. It has the doctors mystified.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well I do hope your feet are ok, Martin! Thank you for always being here!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Randi,

      Love this hub on sore feet which having always worked on my tootsies I know the feeling well. Love to link my 2 feet hubs if okay with you as this will be such a great addition to have. Thanks so much for this and love the table you did errands all day in flip flops sounds familiar! lol voted up, useful, interesting, shared!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What a great hub full of useful information for our poor aching feet!

      I know proper and good shoes are so very important, so I need to cut down on wearing heels so much, but I do work in an office. However, there are nice looking and comfortable shoes that support ones feet that one can wear to an office in a professional setting no doubt!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Very useful information, Randi! I just knew the high heels I wore every single day throughout my 20s and early 30s would catch up to me! For the last two years, I have suffered from plantar fasciitis in my left foot. After the first year, I had a cortisone shot in that foot to relieve the pain. The relief last six months which is twice longer than expected. That was great! However, the pain resumed earlier this year... probably from all the hops and jumps from fitness. (I should have known better! LOL.) But, guess what healed it again? High heels! Go figure, huh? I wore a night brace, had expensive orthodics in my shows, and did heat/ice treatments. None of them helped. In fact, the night brace caused tight achilles tendon. Well, one day recently, I dressed up for one of my daughter's award ceremonies and wore heels. Almost instantly, my pain was gone. Since then, I wore them a couple of times. No more pain, Randi! It's so weird. LOL. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub.

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      joaniebaby 3 years ago

      Voted up and useful. Anyone without foot problems should feel extremely lucky. My biggest foot problem is dry, cracked feet. I seem to find one lotion/cream that works for a while, but then stops. I also have nail fungus which is truly awful. I have used an Epsom salt bath, but not often enough. Thanks for a great, timely Hub!

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      A reminder for me to get a pedicure. Especially in Arizona where it is so dry and we wear sandals a lot. I am going to get into thenightly lotioning also.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Very intersting and useful hub! It's true that when we hurt one foot or both feet, our life can change quite a lot, especially for active people!

      Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your day!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      They do feel better, my dear Randi! Thank you. My feet thank you, too!

      Actually - I've been one to raise my feet for at least 2/3rds of my life, after suffering bad varicose veins at age 25 following the birth of my second child. It was imperative, in fact. So, normally, I avoid 'dangling'. However, as I said, more recently it's been the need to avoid using my laptop on my lap, but rather, to sit up straighter and use it on a low table in front of me as I sit on the couch. This arrangement leaves no room for a stool but does serve to avoid spilling liquids on the Mac in the event I doze off with one in my hand, as I did that one time I fried a very good laptop! I tried placing a low stool under the little table earlier today - not workable - before deciding to just forget the table for awhile.

      As I'm typing this, I've moved the little table aside, pulled an ottoman over and propped my feet on it! I guess my feet ARE more valuable than any old computer! :-) If it comes to being so weary I'm in danger of dozing, I can either take all liquids away front the vicinity or go back to using the little table for awhile! A choice is a wonderful thing! :-)

      Not only that, my dear, but your hub has already inspired some other good news for these tootsies. I had to go to the store earlier, so I bought a lovely cooling Gold Bond Therapeutic Foot Cream and have generously slathered my feet with it. I'd already used some other balms on them since this hub turned me on, massaging them in well; but this cream made specifically for feet, to "Heal, Moisturize, Soften, Rrefresh (& even Deodorize, - though I'm unaware of any foot odor & have no complaints - haha) is truly a delight. It smells fine. and I can think preventably about lovelier smelling lotions when my aching feet no longer ache much. :-) As you say - 'how to maintain' . . .

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      kjforce 3 years ago from Florida

      btrbell.....OMG....I just have to share with you something my G-D and I discovered...Kosher Sea Salt and Coconut Oil together...massaged into the feet ( use any aroma oil you want /optional) then put on a pair of cotton socks...You can also do this poolside and sit in the sun..then wash your feet with warm water, your feet will feel great..and no dry/hard skin. Great information..kudos on the hub...thanks for the share...

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thank you very much for the informative and useful hub. Let me add that I have seen my uncle using pumice stone for rubbing on the skin to soften it. He had such nice feet that they looked beautiful without any skin or other problems.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Oh, I love this, Randi. I really didn't need another reason to have pedicures but now I can remember it is good for them and not feel any guilt at all when I have one!!

      Truthfully I never thought about the fact that it could be good for my feet but of course it manes sense. A pedicure is second only to a body massage in my book. Thanks for sharing this. Angels are on the way ps

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Suzie! I will link back to yours as well. The sad story (with a happy ending) was that one of cats went missing. I pounded the pavement for over 2 hours before I even noticed that I practically had to peel off my flip flops! Thanks so much for the votes and share!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Randi,

      Glad to hear you had a happy ending! Thanks for link back much appreciate it :-)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Faith. I do still love my heels and wear them, just not for long days on my feet. If you look in the picture of my shoes, I have a pair of heels that I can wear all day. They are "comfort" shoes and still look professional for work. I am too vain to wear true othapedic shoes and hated when I had to wear gym shoes to work (although my feet felt great!) Thank you for the votes! xo Randi

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Abby, I had a similar situation. The high heels help because they are stretching the foot. I am only comfortable when I have a tleast a small arch, even in my flip flops! Although, I do love my Toms!

      Things like plantars and rtendonitis can come and go, so I try to be pro active and keep those muscles stretched! Good luck and thank you! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, joanie! Believe it or not, pedicures may help. Even if you don't want to do it often, once or twice a year will jumopstart your own maintenance! Good luck and thank you for stopping by!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carol! Your feet will thank you!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Joelle! Your comments are as always, much appreciated!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Nellieanna, I am so glad they are feeling better, It is a fine line we walk (piun intended) between beauty and comfort. And, of course, protecting the computer! I am so glad I inspired you to pamper your tootsies. I hope it has been going well and they are feeling better and better! xoxo

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thankl you so much for sharing that story, kj! How crazy ois it that I had just started a hub on the uses of coconut oil right before I read your comment?! I will hve to try it with sea salt! Thank you!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Than k you, Arun Kanti! Your uncle had the right idea!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I am so with you on that, Patricia, although I must say, a hot rock pedi is pretty darn amazing in its own right! Thank you so much for the visit!

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