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How to cure aching feet

Updated on July 2, 2012

Ever since I took this new job I am on my feet 8 hours a day. That's 8 hours more then my normal (unless I'm out shopping or doing outdoors stuff with the family). Needless to say, when I get home at night my feet are killing me. Here are some things I have found that help with my aching feet.


Make sure you buy shoes that fit. Apparently your tendons and ligaments in for feet get stretched and can make your foot bigger so when you are out buying new shoes make sure you get your size checked. It could have changed a little and made the shoes you wear too small.

Buy over the counter arch supports. These give your foot the support it needs to be standing on them all day.

Don't wear the same shoes 2 days in a row if you can help it. It helps not standing on the same support every day.


There are a lot of exercises you can do with your feet. Some I have found that work are:

Toe Curls - easy enough, just curl your toes in and stretch them out again and repeat.

Pick up things with your toes - I use marbles to do this. Put them in one pile and use my toes to transfer them to another pile.

While you are standing all day roll up on your tippy toes and then back down. It helps to stretch your foot out.

Do circles with your ankles - both directions and with both feet, not at the same time if you don't want to.

Foot rolling - This is my favorite thing to do. Roll your foot on a frozen water bottle, tennis ball or golf ball. Always makes my feet feel better.

Elevate your feet - Just prop them up on a pillow or the arm of the couch, not too high, for 10-20 minutes. This isn't so much an exercise but it will help bring down swelling and could relieve aching.


Some more ways to make the foot feel better are:

Massage your foot with lotion focusing on the parts that are the sorest with circular motions.

Soak feet in warm water and Epsom salt.

Use a rejuvenating foot cream after the foot soak.

Sometimes making sure your toenails are clean, cut and even painted can make your feet feel and look better. A pretty foot is a happy foot :)


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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Hi Cassy, I meant like one of those small plastic square tubs.. like you use for mop buckets.. I'm not sure what you call them. Is it a basin? or even a new, unused litter box would probably work and it wasn't a whole lot of marbles.. just enough to cover the bottom. I saw this somewhere but forget where... it was for like a home spa and they suggested taking marbles and putting them in these tubs and adding bubble bath and rolling your feet on the marbles. Afterwards, cutting and painting toenails all pretty... maybe I'll do a hub about this!

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Jamie Brock - That would be a lot of marbles in the bottom of a tub! But love idea :) I'm still constantly on my feet and I use all these tricks quite often! Thanks for stopping by and the comment :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      This is very useful since I've gained weight this past year and it's getting to where even if I go to WalMart, by the time I'm done shopping, my feet are hurting terribly. I am going to remember these tips and I know they will come in very useful. Your hub gave me an idea- I bet if you filled the bottom of a small tub with some marbles and rolled your feet over them, that would feel great on achy feet too!

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      CassyLu1981 6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      The marbles have become my favorite since I have started my job. And it really amazes me that our feet never stop growing! Thanks so much for the comment teaches12345!

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      Oh, I am so relaxed after reading through your hub by just imaginging the therapy you mentioned! I have heard that rolling marbles really help relax those toes and arches. I love having a foot massage at the spa but that's not an option right now. Our feet grow throughout our lifetime, not so noticeably, and that may be another reason why we need to check our shoe comfort. We may need to up our size one notch. Enjoyed the hub and the ideas.