Our feet are the most abused part of our body ‚Äì they carry our weight and take us to our destinations. Though comprising only a small area of our body, each foot is an engineering marvel. It has 26 bones, 33 joints, and above 100 in count of ligaments, muscles and tendons that all provide support. However, instead of taking good care of our feet, most of the time we make their work a bit harder.
There are many ways that hurt our feet including wearing bad fitting shoes, too much walking, and even being overweight. Little did we know that we are already abusing our feet and depriving them of the kind of care they need.
- 1 The Most Common Foot Pains
- 1.1 The Most Common Home Remedies for Foot Pain
The Most Common Foot Pains
Foot pain refers to any discomfort, ache, or injury to one or more parts of the foot. This is in fact a very common condition among individuals that comes in many forms such as the following:
Sprains and strains
These are injuries that are often caused by physical activities that can range from minor to severe, and some of which don‚Äôt need medical attention.
This occurs when the plantar fascia ligament is damaged due to too much pressure on the feet. This brings stiffness and pain.
Arthritis usually attacks the joints in parts of the body such as the hands, hips, and knees but it can also affect other areas including the toes. It is an inflammation of one or more joints that causes stiffness and pain.
This is also another common cause of foot pain. It happens when the corners or edges of the toenail grow into the skin beside it causing redness, tenderness, and even bleeding when being pulled out.
When the spinal nerve root in the lower back is compressed it causes pain in the back, hips and down to the legs and feet.
Pain due to flat feet
Pes planus or having flat feet is the absence of a normal arch when you stand. This can result to pain when you do extensive physical activity.
Too much uric acid in the blood causes a type of arthritis called gout. As the concentration of uric acid increases, urate crystals are formed and are collected in the joints. This causes intense pain and swelling.
These are abnormalities in the bones of the foot, which causes the appearance of a bump on the big toe. This makes your big toe leans to the rest of the toenails instead of being straight.
Too much pressure on the toenails causes them to curl under, which is referred to as hammertoes.
The Most Common Home Remedies for Foot Pain
Now that you have an idea about the most common causes of foot pain, it‚Äôs time to talk about the solutions. Often, you don‚Äôt need to go out of the house to purchase medications that can bring relief to your aching feet. Many of the remedies you need are just right inside the kitchen.
Vinegar is one of the commonly used home remedies for various conditions including foot pain. It can help soothe foot pain due to sprains and strains by reducing inflammation. To use it, fill a tub or a basin with hot water and add 2 tablespoons of vinegar in it then soak your feet in for about 20 minutes.
Another way to use is as a treatment for foot pain is by combining equal amounts of water and vinegar in 2 separate containers. One container should have hot water while the other should have cold water. You then soak a towel in the hot mixture first and wrap it around your foot for 5 minutes. You then remove it and soak the towel in the cold mixture and wrap your foot at about the same duration. Repeat this process 3-4 times daily for relief.
2. Hot and Cold Water
Another way to reduce foot pain is to have hot-and-cold-water therapy. The hot water promotes blood flow while the cold water reduces inflammation. First, fill one bucket with bearable hot water and fill the other with cold water. Sit on a comfortable chair and dip your feet to the hot water for 3 minutes and then dip them in cold water for at least 10 seconds or until a minute. Repeat the steps 2-3 times a day and finish with cold foot bath.
Ice therapy is another effective way to diminish swelling and pain on the feet. Get an ice pack or put crushed ice to a small plastic bag and massage it gently to the affected area. The cold temperature numbs the nerves, which provides relief, and at the same time, reduces the swelling. However, remember not to use ice pack for more than 10 minutes to avoid skin and nerve damage.
4. Epsom Salt
If you want to relax your feet and ease the pain you feel, combine 2-3 tablespoons of Epsom salt in a warm tub and soak your feet in for 10-15 minutes. However, the salt will make your skin dry so don‚Äôt forget to apply lotion or moisturizer.
5. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is rich in capsaicin, which helps relieve muscle pain, arthritis, lower back pain, muscle strain, and even aching feet. If the reason of your foot pain is cold temperature, sprinkle your socks with cayenne pepper before wearing them to keep your feet warm.
6. Clove Oil
Clove oil boosts circulation. To get quick relief, massage clove oil to your feet and repeat several times a day. Doing this stimulates blood flow and relaxes your muscles.
There‚Äôs a thing in herbal medicine called bruising. To do this, grab a handful of sage leaves and rub them together. This helps the herb to release its curative chemicals. You then put the sage leaves in a saucepan with 2/3 apple cider vinegar and put it to a boil for about 5 minutes. Once removed from the heat, get a cloth and dip it in the solution and apply it to your achy feet.
You see, you don‚Äôt really need to spend money to treat the most common causes of foot pain. By simply checking out your kitchen drawers, you can get things that can provide relief to your foot pain.