Tips on how to alleviate foot pain

I have a job where I am on my feet for the majority of the day.  By mid day I start getting distracted because my feet are hurting and I am anxiously awaiting my next opportunity to sit down. Here are a few things that have helped my feet feel better.

One of the easiest ways to help your feet feel better is to get in insoles for your shoes. The extra cushion gives your feet some relief from the pressure of standing. Insoles are good for absorbing shock and impact forces that cause foot pain. Dr. Scholl's is a recommended type of insert to get for your shoes.

Raise your feet as much as possible. Try to sit with your feet up to help take pressure off if them and let the blood flow away from your feet.

Do some exercises and stretching. Rolling a tennis ball or a can under the arch of each foot for a few minutes a foot is helpful for stretching the plantar fascia that is often the source of foot pain.

Another exercise that may help is to stretch the calf muscles by leaning against a wall with one knee bent and the other leg straight out behind you with both feet flat on the floor. 

Another way to help foot pain is to give your feet a massage.  Make a fist and massage it around the bottom of your foot. Next, grab each toe and rotate each toe in a circular motion. Finally, as if you are wringing wet clothes, twist each foot in opposite directions to help stretch your feet out.

Epsom salt increases circulation and helps pull out toxins that can cause pain.  Soak you feet in warm water and Epsom salt for about twenty minutes at least three times a week for best results. Use one tablespoon of Epsom salt per each quart of water. As an added benefit, Epson salts can also lessen foot odor and soften rough skin.

Make sure your shoes are not too tight. Shoes that are too tight can make your feet hurt even more. Often your feet grow as you age, so you may not wear the same size as you used to. Also try on the shoes at the end of the day because your feet swell and will be larger.  One foot might be slightly larger than the other, so choose shoes that fit your bigger foot. Choose shoes that have at least a half-inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

Hopefully these tips will help your feet feel better!