Are You on Your Feet All Day? 5 Home Remedies for Aching Feet
If you have a job or responsibilities that keep you on your feet all day, you might be having frequent trouble with tired, achy feet. If they are starting to give you trouble no matter what shoes you wear after a full day, consider these simple home remedies. Sometimes just five or ten minutes of daily care can help your tired feet feel better.
Epsom salt soothes aches and reduces swelling, and warm water helps your feet relax. Start with warm water in a basin or foot bath, and add about one to two tablespoons of Epsom salt per gallon of water. Stir in the salts to let them dissolve and then soak your feet for ten minutes. After soaking, elevate your feet for an hour or so. Elevating your feet can reduce the swelling even further.
One of the best things you can do for feet that hurt after a long day is pull out some lotion and give yourself a foot massage to relax tired muscles. Use a little bit of soothing lotion on the sole of each foot and use your thumbs to work the lotion in on the parts of your foot that are aching the most. Try to cover your entire foot with the lotion during the massage. After giving them a good rub, you can apply some extra soothing lotion and pull socks over your feet.
Vinegar has mild acidic properties that can help your foot feel softer and cleaner after a long day, while the alternating warm and cool wrap can ease tired muscles. Soak a cloth in one part hot water and one part vinegar solution and wrap it around your feet for five minutes. Repeat the process with cool water and vinegar. Both the vinegar and the contrasting temperatures will help give your aching feet the TLC they need.
Rest Your Feet
Intentional rest for your feet can work wonders on the ache of being up for too long. Lay down on your bed with your face down and put a small pillow under the insteps of your feet so they are a little bit elevated. Rest in this position for between ten and thirty minutes to get the tension off your feet.
Olive oil is wonderful for relaxing muscles and soothing dry aching feet. Put your feet up and slowly work a little bit of olive oil into each foot with a thorough massage. The combination of the oil and the massage should leave your feet feeling comfortable and relaxed.
Whether you spend your days chasing around your toddler, making deliveries, or attending to patients in the hospitals, being on your feet for hours on end will eventually take its toll. That’s why it is best to have a few go-to remedies that will help you relieve any foot pain, and get ready to tackle the next day. With a little extra care, the aching will go away, and you’ll be able to cruise around all day without excessive pain. The information for this article was provided by a chiropodist in Toronto at The Foot Clinic who specializes in foot treatments.