How to Get Rid of Foot Pain For Good
Our feet are some of the most important parts of our bodies – they carry us everywhere. However, most of us don’t pay a lot of attention to our feet until they begin to give us painful symptoms. Foot pain, whatever it is caused by, can be very unpleasant to deal with, especially if you have no choice but to be on your feet and every step hurts.
Foot pain can be caused by a range of different conditions and situations. Most commonly, foot pain is caused by strain on the muscles, tendons, and tissues in the feet, which can be brought on through exercise or playing sports. Foot injuries such as strains and sprains can also be very painful but will typically heal on their own with lots of rest.
Other types of foot pain can be brought on by wearing unsupportive shoes, standing or being on your feet all day, or being overweight or obese since there is more for the feet to support.
Thankfully, you don’t have to put up with painful feet. No matter the cause of your foot pain there are several things that you can do to provide pain relief and enjoy walking once again.
How to Get Rid of Painful Feet Symptoms?
First of all, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor if you are suffering from foot pain, as they will be able to rule out any underlying conditions that might be contributing to or causing the pain.
While the majority of foot pain is local, meaning that it’s due to a condition or injury in the foot, painful feet can also be a result of various health conditions such as arthritis or gout, so it’s worth going for a check-up for that peace of mind. Your doctor can also provide you with painkillers if they are needed and advice for looking after your feet and preventing further injury or pain.
There are also several home remedies that you can use to relieve painful feet. Some of the best options to consider include:
- Hot or cold compresses: Hot and cold compresses can offer a lot of relief when they are used in combination. Hot compresses can relieve pain by improving blood circulation to the feet, while cold compresses can be very useful for numbing the affected area and reducing swelling and inflammation. Use an ice pack and a hot water bottle in conjunction with one another, switching out placing each one on your foot every 5-10 minutes.
- Foot stretches: If you play a lot of sports or exercise regularly, looking after your feet is more important than ever. While physical activity is important for your health, it can also put you at greater risk of a foot injury. Taking time to stretch your feet fully before engaging in vigorous physical activity will help you prevent pain afterwards.
- Wear supportive shoes: If your feet are painful, wearing shoes that don’t support and cushion them well is only going to make things worse, especially if you’re standing in these shoes for long periods of time. Avoid wearing shoes that are worn-out or do not provide a great deal of support to your feet.
- Massages: You can get professional massages, ask a willing person to do it for you, or practice self-massage to ease pain in the feet. Use a lotion or massage oil with anti-inflammatory properties and gently massage the soles and balls of your feet using a circular motion with your thumbs to improve blood circulation and get rid of knots and tension from standing.
How to Get Rid of Ball of Foot Pain From Shoes?
Foot pain that is more intense in the ball of your foot is usually caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes. It can also be a sign of a condition such as sesamoiditis, metatarsalgia, or Morton’s neuroma. If you are experiencing persistent pain in the balls of your feet, then it is worth visiting your doctor to rule out any underlying health conditions that could be causing the pain. You may also be experiencing pain in this area due to a trapped nerve or an injury. Some of the best ways to relieve and prevent any further pain in the balls of your feet include:
- Rest: If the pain is the result of a foot injury, resting your feet is the best way to speed up the healing process and avoid putting painful pressure on the balls of your feet. Keep your feet elevated while resting in order to reduce any swelling.
- Ice: Applying ice packs to the area several times per day can be very useful for reducing swelling and inflammation.
- Over the counter medication: Taking an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can be useful for reducing inflammation and pain. Always follow the instructions and keep to the recommended dosage.
- Avoid ill-fitting shoes: While you are experiencing pain in the balls of your feet, you should only wear supportive shoes. Avoid wearing shoes that are tight, otherwise ill-fitting, high, or worn out. Since pain in the ball of your foot is commonly caused by wearing the wrong type of shoes, it is a good idea to consider avoiding wearing these types of shoes as much as possible in the future to keep your feet pain-free.
- Foot support: You can add supportive insoles or pads in your shoes that are designed to further cushion and support the balls of your feet while you are standing or walking.
- Weight loss: Pain in the balls of your feet could be a result of being overweight or obese. Losing weight is not only useful for your overall health but can help to reduce some of the pressure on your feet and therefore relieve some of the pain that you are experiencing. Your doctor can offer help, advice, and support if you want to lose weight.
- Steroid injections: In some cases, typically when the pain in the balls of the feet is very severe, your doctor might recommend steroid injections that will reduce pain and inflammation.
- Surgery: Surgery to reposition or remove some of the nerve or tissue in the foot is typically a last resort and only offered in very severe cases.
How to Wrap Feet for Side Pain?
If you are experiencing pain in the arches of your feet, wrapping your feet can be helpful. Wrapping stabilises and supports the arch of your feet while you are standing or walking, relieving the pain and preventing any further injuries. You can use specially designed foot arch support wraps that are designed to easily slip onto your foot.
Kinesio tape arch support is considered to be one of the best ways to relieve ankle pain. Start wrapping by holding the loose end of the bandage or tape on the outside edge of your foot just beneath your smallest toe. Wrap the bandage once over and around the top of the foot to secure the loose end and continue wrapping around the foot towards the ankle before securing.
Choosing the Right Shoes for Foot Pain
One of the most common causes of foot pain is wearing the wrong type of shoes. Sadly, many shoes today are not supportive at all, and unsupportive shoes also tend to be the ones that look great.
However, if you choose shoes based entirely on what they look like without giving much thought to how your feet will feel when wearing them and how supportive they are, you are very likely going to end up experiencing some pain in your feet. Some tips for shoe shopping if you want your next pair to be supportive and pain-relieving include:
- Shopping for shoes in the afternoon can help you get the best fit since your feet will naturally expand during the day.
- While shopping for shoes, wear the same type of socks that you intend to wear with the shoes once you purchase them.
- Get your feet professionally measured at the shop each time you buy new shoes. Many people think that they know their shoe size, but the truth is that your feet change with age and your favourite pair of shoes that fitted you well when you bought them a couple of years ago may no longer be the best fit for you. It is also quite common for people to have one foot bigger than the other; if this is the case with you then go for a size that fits the larger foot.
- Spend plenty of time standing and walking around in the shoes when you try them on. Notice how supportive they are and wiggle your toes in them to make sure that you have at least a quarter to half an inch of space between your biggest toe and the end of the shoe.
- Find shoes that fit you well the first time you wear them; avoid shoes that will need to be ‘broken in’.
- Notice how the ball of your feet feels when wearing the shoes; if it feels compressed, you may need a wider fit.
What to Avoid if You’re Experiencing Foot Pain?
If you are experiencing footwear, it’s important to consider what parts of your lifestyle might be contributing to it. Avoid the following:
- High heels
- Narrow-toed shoes
- Worn out or ill-fitting shoes
- High-impact activities
Foot pain can be very uncomfortable and impact your life in a wide range of ways. Thankfully, most causes of foot pain are easily treatable with a range of home remedies and wearing supportive shoes.