Your feet are an important part of your body that allows you to move around the way you’re supposed to. Since your feet are used the most when you do daily activities they are easily one of the most stressed-out parts on your body. So it is no surprise when some people experience foot pain at some point during their life. There are a number of different things that cause pain in your foot.
The most common cause of foot pain is due to an injury that causes your feet to sprain, bruise, or fracture. You’ll know you are experiencing pain in your feet when you feel tenderness or pain when you move them. You also know you are dealing with foot pain when you have to change the way you walk to reduce pain.
Studies have shown that wearing bad shoes is the biggest cause of foot injuries that lead to pain and problems. Since bad shoes cause the majority of foot pain do your best to change your shoes when they have been worn out or don’t fit properly. Dealing with foot pain is no fun, luckily there are some effective home remedies you can start using to stop the pain and get relief.
When you suffer from a foot injury the first thing you need to do is control the swelling so you can reduce the amount of pain you feel. The best way to stop swelling is to apply ice to the affected area within 2 days of first injuring your foot. Once you reduce the swelling around the foot injury it will help stop further pain.
One way to apply ice to your foot is to use an ice pack. You can buy a specially made ice pack or make one yourself at home by adding crushed ice to a plastic bag or wet towel. Apply the ice pack to the affected area and make sure you touch every area where you experience pain. Continue moving the ice pack around your injured foot for fifteen minutes to reduce pain and swelling.
Instead of using an ice pack, you can create an ice bath. To make an ice bath simply fill up the tub or a pan with water and a bunch of ice to make the bathwater ice cold. Now soak your foot in the ice-cold water for up to 20 minutes until you feel the pain reduces to your satisfaction.
Arnica is a herb that you can find at your local health food store. This herb is packed with natural healing properties that can help provide relief from muscle and joint pains. The arnica herb is highly effective against foot pains because of the anti-inflammatory properties that help it act as a natural pain reliever.
You apply arnica topically to the affected areas on your foot before you go to sleep at night. You’ll need to make sure you apply a generous amount of the arnica ointment two times each day to experience the most relief from the pain.
You can make an effective arnica and Epsom salt bath to soak your foot in. Simply fill your tub with some warm water and add 20 drops of arnica oil and 1/2 a cup of Epsom salt to it. Combine this mixture thoroughly and then soak your feet in the arnica and Epsom salt foot soak for up to 20 minutes.
Sometimes you can experience foot pain because of some kind of bacterial or fungal infection in your feet. Even excessive dry feet can cause some discomfort and pain. Peppermint oil will help naturally hydrate your feet and keep them from burning or itching.
If you apply the peppermint oil or cream daily to your feet you can help stop any bacterial or fungal infection you may be suffering from. Peppermint oil has great antiseptic and astringent properties that make it an effective foot pain home remedy.