Our feet work very hard for us. Through an intricate group of bones, muscles, and tendons they support the weight of our body, motor us about, and keep us upright. Besides back pain the most common request I hear from a massage client is, “please work my feet”. Feet are often neglected, and frankly, I feel most of us take our feet for granted. Below are a number of ways to manage and relieve foot pain…once you know the cause of your pain. Foot pain can be neurological, physical, or stem from conditions such as Gout and Diabetes. Try one or more of these remedies and take good care of those tootsies!
Reflexology - Many massage therapists such as myself are well versed in this method. Reflexology focuses on specific pressure points on the feet and hands that can ease stress, manage pain, and restore balance to the entire body.
Pedicures - Visiting a local nail salon and receiving a pedicure is a wonderful way to care for your feet. Both men and women can benefit from having their nails professionally trimmed, cuticles managed, dry skin sloughed off, and best of all…a terrific foot massage! This is a very affordable way to pamper your feet.
Foot soak - At home, soak your feet in warm water for at least 30 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salts and either peppermint oil (2-4 drops) or a peppermint tea bag for an invigorating soak. Moisturize well afterwards.
Exercise - Ensure that you wear quality footwear and walk at least 3-5x per week for 15-30 minute. Afterwards, while you stretch your entire body, make sure to include your feet. Point and flex your feet, spread your toes wide, and rotate your ankles. Strengthening your feet ensures balance, improves posture, and relieves pain.
Elevate - Our feet and ankles are prone to swelling. Elevating regularly supports circulation, relieves pressure, and relieves tired leg muscles, Relax in stretches such as ‘Legs Up the Wall’ or raise your feet while resting for best results.
Be Well! ~Tiffany