8 Ways to Reduce Foot Pain


By Alan Knight

Foot pain is probably the most common ailments known to man.  It affects everyone, young or old, and comes from a variety of areas.  It might be the toes, the heel, the arch, the ankle, the sole, or the toe nails.  The reasons are many:  old age, wearing uncomfortable shoes, excessive walking, fractures, a mineral deficiency, ingrown toenails, diabetes and standing on your feet for long periods.

There are many old home remedies for dealing with foot pain.  Let me mention a few:

Hot and Cold Water Therapy is a popular one.  The hot water helps with blood flow while the cold treatment will reduce inflammation.  It is suggested that you fill a bucket or pan with cold and another with bearable hot water.  Sit in a comfortable chair, then dip your feet in the hot water for three minutes.  Then do the same with the cold water for up to a minute.  Repeat two or three times, ending with the cold treatment.  You can also accomplish the same results using a heat pad and ice pack.

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Ice therapy is a good way to reduce pain and swelling of the feet.  Put a small amount of crushed ice in a small plastic bag and use it to massage the affected area in a circular motion.  The cold temperature will temporarily numb the nerve endings in the painful area and offer some relief.  Swelling will also be reduced.  Do not use the ice pack for more than 10 minutes at a time.  Any longer might damage the skin and nerve endings.

Vinegar is used in various treatments and can help with foot pain as it reduces inflammation in conditions like sprains and strains.  It is recommended that you fill a tub with hot water, then add two tablespoons of vinegar.  Soak your feet for about 20 minutes.  You can also mix the vinegar in two containers, one with cold water and the other with hot water.  Then alternate treatment.  You can also soak a towel in each and wrap the foot.  Leave it for about 5 minutes.  You can repeat the process several times daily.

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Epsom salt can help soothe your feet, giving you instant relief from foot pain.  Combining heat and Epsom salt, which is primarily magnesium, works well to relax the feet and ease the pain.  Put two to three tablespoons of Epsom salt in a tub of warm water.  Soak your feet for about 10-15 minutes.  The salt can make your feet dry, so apply some moisturizer after soaking them.

Clove oil is highly effective in fungus and also foot pain as it boosts circulation.  For quick relief, gently massage your aching feet with clove oil.  This will stimulate blood flow and relax your muscles.  You can massage your feet and heels with clove oil several times a day.  If you have sensitive skin or a cut, dilute three drops of clove oil with one teaspoon of extra virgin olive or coconut oil and then massage your feet with it.

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Cayenne pepper is a rich source of capsaicin, which is known to relieve muscle aches and pains, arthritis, muscle strain, lower back pain, and even aching feet.  If your feet ache when they get cold, sprinkle some cayenne pepper in your socks before putting them on.  This will keep your feet warm.  Another treatment is to add one-half teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder to half a bucket of hot water and soak your feet in it for a few minutes.  This will have a soothing effect and give you pain relief.

We drink water (and lots of it) to hydrate our body and sustain the many systems within our body.  However, water is also good for sustaining good health when applied outside the body.  This type of therapy goes back to ancient times.  Just look at all the old mineral baths that were created by the Greeks and the Romans.  It wasn't just for socializing.

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The new Walk in Tub is an excellent option for treating sore, tired feet.  First, let me describe the design.  Most Walk in Tubs are approximately 54 inches long and 30 inches wide, while standing close to 40 inches tall.  They come with a door that has a watertight seal so that it doesn't leak.  The entry point is only 6 inches off the floor so it is easy to get in and out without the fear of falling.  The tub comes with a seat that is ergonomically designed for comfort and is ADA compliant as it stands 17 inches from the floor of the tub.  The faucet and controls are within easy reach across from the seat and the controls for hydrotherapy are normally on the side ledge of the tub just fingertips away.

The Walk in Tub has an air pump that delivers thousands bubbles into the water, creating a gentle massaging action that stimulates every inch of the body.  Most Walk in Tubs have air jet ports at all the critical areas to reach common places where pain might be present.  As the tub is filling, you can actually turn on the air jets to massage the feet before the tub actually is filled completely.  The lighter touch of the air jets is better for those who have sensitive skin or muscles.



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Another option is the water jets.  Again, various jet ports are located in strategic areas to reach parts of the body that typically suffer from pain.  Also, these jets are adjustable and can be set both to direction and water pressure.  You can literally sit in a tub in comfort while these jets massage your feet in warm water while you recline and relax. 

Maybe it's time you took a look at the Walk in Tub.  They are now affordable and can shipped right to your house.  Installation is usually accomplished in no more than two days, without disrupting your household.  Don't live with aching feet.  There is help available.
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In this article, I’ve written about the foot pain and provided more than a half dozen ways to help alleviate that pain. Specially I include many natural remedies and also discuss how the hydro therapy of a walk-in tub with air and water jets can reduce foot pain.

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Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville,  Florida
He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. In addition to providing superior products, Tub King has been honored with “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Awards” for four years running. If you would like to contact Alan Knight, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

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