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Pain Relief for Feet - Aching foot Treatments

Updated on December 30, 2013

Foot pain haunts a lot of people throughout their lives. Whether it is mild or severe, the pain can really limit a person’s movement, and in turn, affect their normal routine. The pain can occur from the toe to the ankle and the heel. Despite its relative commonness (foot pain is one of the most common types of chronic pain), and the treatments for foot pain are not that helpful either. This is due to the fact that foot pain can be attributed to a lot of factors. For example, while for one person the pain might be caused by a blister, for somebody else it might be due to a sprained ankle. The situation does not get better as people age either. In fact, the foot pain is more common in the elderly, as the weakened bones give in more often to the pain.

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Treatments For your Aching Feet

Fortunately though, there are some treatments, called feet treatments, for foot pain relief. These are home based remedies and are quite effective in the way they curb the pain and provide relief to the person suffering from pain. Before studying these treatments though, it is firstly important to consider the causes of foot pain so that it can be avoided and steered clear of.

Causes of sore or aching feet
Most instances of foot pain can be attributed to the poor choice of selecting shoes. In addition, diseases such as diabetes and arthritis can also cause this problem. Some of the more common causes of foot pain are:

  1. Poorly fitting shoes, or high heels. High heels in particular can sprain the ankle
  2. Stress fractures
  3. Flat feet.
  4. Poor posture

With the 4 main causes of foot pain now out of the way, it is time to look at the treatments for this kind of pain. Below are the feet treatments for pain relief:

Application of heat
According to experts, one of the most effective treatments for foot pain caused by fatigue is the application of heat to the affected areas. This heat is in the form of warm water, where patients can soak their feet in a bucket or tub of warm water for a period of around 15 minutes. The warm water helps relax the muscles, and as a result, makes most of the pain subside.

Cold Treatment
While warm water treatment works wonders for pain relief, cold treatments are not that bad an option either. Cold treatments, unlike warm water treatments that promote the blood flow, can reduce inflammation. To make use of this kind of treatment, take an ice pack and apply it directly to the affected areas for a period of 15 minutes. However, remember to not apply the ice pack for prolonged periods as doing so can lead to frostbite.

Trimming Toe Nails
One of the more common causes of foot injuries is the overgrowth of toe nails. Long nails are very susceptible to injuries. Sometimes, long nails can lead to in-growth too. Therefore, toe nails should be trimmed regularly to both maintain hygiene and stay free from injury.

Eating Healthy
For people that have uncomfortable or bloated feet, there are some foods that can help keep the fluid levels in check. Bananas are an excellent source of retaining fluids, while tea and coffee can do the same too. In addition, poultry items and fresh fish are recommended for foot pain relief too.

Selecting the Right Shoes
Choosing the right kind of shoes can also come in very handy when it comes to feet treatments. Before buying shoes, decide on what the purpose of the shoes will be. For example, for running, choose shoes that are meant for running. Also, apart from choosing shoes for the right kind of activity, choose a shoe size is that is one size larger than your size. This will give your feet more room to breathe in, and therefore, not lead to injuries.

Use of Mustard Seeds
Mustard seeds are another excellent remedy for foot pain. They help improve the blood circulation and break down the toxins in the joints and the muscles, which leads to a decrease in pain. Mustard seeds can be added in a foot tub or a hot tub. To make use of this treatment, soak your feet in water containing mustard seeds for a period of around 15 minutes.

Stand Less Often
While this is more of a tip than a remedy, it is effective in reducing the amount of foot pain and preventing such pain from occurring in the future. Standing up too long can often lead to fatigue, and it should therefore be avoided. In addition, avoid standing on hard surfaces whenever possible and give your feet some time to relax.

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    • john000 profile image

      John R Wilsdon 8 months ago from Superior, Arizona

      Mustard seed soaks is one I hadn't heard of. Will give it a try. Thank you.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting. I will pass this on, thank you. ^