Foot pain should never be underestimated
Foot pain – you might think that this is an ailment that is only reserved for frequent runners or those who engage in high-intensity sports. Unfortunately, this is not the case when a sedentary, yet quick-paced lifestyle can cause significant stress to the body if it is not able to deal with the pace effectively. This is especially more significant for ladies who are in high-heels all day and have to shuttle to meetings between locations.
When our feet get injured, our ability to walk is hampered and this causes significant impairment of our normal daily of life if we are not ready for it. Hence, when we get foot aches, what should we do to remedy this immediately?
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In this article from Prevention.com, the author shares some food-based foot cures for those nagging aches.
“Pour yourself a cup of tea to relax, and while drinking soak your feet in warm tea to sooth pain. Try a strong peppermint or chamomile tea. Steep four tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water. Add the brew to 1 gallon of comfortably hot water. Soak your feet for 5 minutes. Slosh your feet in the water and let the tea’s warm scent relax you. Drain the water and pour some cold water over your feet. Follow that with hot water from the tap and then more cold.” Read more here!
Instead of the usual stretching or resting that is usually prescribed, why not try the alternative of using warm tea for your feet? It is known that heat can increase blood circulation, and this is a remedy that could work if you have tried other methods but are still feeling the aches. Other than this remedy, do also follow through with the other basics such as not engaging in heavy activities with the feet or over-strenuous exercise on them.
Next, WebMD also discusses how your foot type affects your rate of injury.
“Heel spurs are another source of foot pain. These are abnormal growths of bone on the bottom of your heel. You can get them from wearing the wrong shoes or from an abnormal walk or posture, or even from activities like running. People with flat feet or high arches are more likely to have painful heel spurs.” Read more here!
The shape of your heel arch also plays a part on injuries to the foot. This is because most footwear we wear are not tailor made and are for mass production. Unless the shoe specially mentions to be fitted for flat footed or high arched feet, it is best you find a shoe that fits the type of foot you have. Before you develop long-lasting damage to your feet, you need to remedy any mismatch that your shoes and your feet have. This is even more significant if you are an avid runner or you intend to take up exercise to keep yourself fit.
Lastly, Elaine Russell shares what else you can do to keep feet aches away.
“To get relief, stretch the Achilles tendon. Stand about three feet from a wall. Place your hands on the wall and move your right leg forward, knee bent. Keep your left leg straight, with your heel on the floor. You should feel a gentle stretch in your heel and foot arch. Hold for 10 seconds, then switch sides and repeat.” Read more here!
As shown, the stretching exercises we learnt during P.E. class still come in handy and are the fundamentals to keeping our body free from aches. When we spend most of our time in air-conditioned environments at work, our muscles and joints become stiffer and the feet is no exception. Trying to dash for a meeting when our feet are in a frigid state only creates additional stress to your feet. Over time, this can cause significant damage. Hence, do take time to do regular stretching if your feet are feeling tight.
In conclusion, our feet are an important part of our daily lives, and to lose them to unnecessary injury would be a folly. If we take care of our foot aches and listen to our body, our feet will thank us for the long run to come.