Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Home care for sore feet


 from http://diyhealth.com


There are many medical reasons like arthritis, tissue injury, etc for foot or heel pain and in case they are present for a long time or appear unbearable, it is better to get yourself evaluated. However, as a routine care for your feet, to keep them healthy and fresh, there are many things that you can do yourself at home.
Most of the regular complaints of the feet are due to improper blood circulation and overstrain. Hence some activities and therapies that can improve the blood circulation or provide a general massage to the foot muscles will be of great help.

Do it yourself
Some of the activities that can be performed are:

  • Place your bare foot over a tennis ball and roll your foot back and forth. Do the same thing with the other foot and alternately continue it for some time. This can be done once or twice a day.

    • Place your feet over a sensory apparatus, like a sensory ball or an acupressure board and allow it to remain for some time. If the ball or board can roll, you can roll your feet and feel the spokes of the ball or board poking the surface of your feet. This helps to stimulate the senses and also helps to relax your mind.
    • Fill up warm water in a tub and cold water in another tub. Clean your feet and place in cold water for 5 to 7 minutes. Then remove your feet and place it in the tub of warm water. This helps in stimulation and relaxation of your muscles and senses.
  • Exercises like stretching your legs and feet on the floor and making movements from the ankle can be performed. Toes can also be stretched and tightened alternately.

    • Apply ice pack if there is pain especially in the heels and give some rest to your feet.
    • Immerse your feet in essential oils like peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil or others to obtain relief.
    Most importantly, check your footwear as they could be a major reason for discomfort. Choose footwear with good cushion and that best fits your feet.http://diyhealth.com

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