1. Insist on Comfort
Sure, you want your shoes to look great. But they also need to fit you just right. You’ll feel better in them and your feet will be happier. The best time to shop for shoes is when you have been on your feet a while since they will naturally swell and expand as the day goes on, so therefore the shoe fit will be more accurate to your daily foot shape.
When you’re shoe shopping and fall for a gorgeous but painful pair, walk away, no matter how much you like the style. Don’t count on them “breaking in.”
2. There’s a Shoe for That, So Wear It
There’s footwear is designed for your specific activity, no matter what it is: brisk walking, jogging, hiking, treadmill, or cross-training. Treat your feet to a shoe made just for that activity.
Good running shoes, for example, can help prevent heel pain, stress fractures, and other foot problems that runners sometimes get. Replace your sports shoes when they start to wear down.
3. Get the Right Insert
Most shoes come with a standard footbed that provides minimal support. However, you can opt for extra arch support and comfort by exchanging the original plain footbed for a custom designed orthotic insert to aid in you
4. Use Ice
As you already know, the feet tend to overheat and swell after each run. One thing you can do to reduce the swelling is put cold therapy to your advantage.
Therefore, make sure to immerse your feet—as long as you don’t have vascular troubles—in a bucket with water and ice for at least 15-minute after a hard run. If you can’t tolerate the cold, then run cold water from a hose over your feet.
Massaging your feet will not only provide with an instant relief but also help you prevent much of the trouble for the long term.
If you can afford to work with a specialist or have a loving partner who is offering to rub your feet regularly, no-strings-attached, that will be awesome. But most of us can’t afford to work with a professional or have someone willing to massage our feet for free.
But there is a solution. Do a bit of self-massage with a tennis ball.
A tennis or a racquetball are some of the best self-massage tools you can use to stretch out those muscles and release any built-up tension and discomfort in your feet, especially in the soles.
6. Kick the High Heel Habit
High heels put you on the fast track to pain, bunions, corns, and other problems.
If you love heels, try a shorter one. A 2-inch heel is better than a 4-inch heel. Don’t wear them every day, and don’t wear them when you will be on your feet for a long time. Choose chunky heels instead of skinny ones if you have flat feet.
7. Ease the Stress
“Extra weight can lead to muscle fatigue as well as heel, arch, and muscle pain,” Reid says.
Extra pounds can change your foot structure. You can develop spurs — bumps that grow on your foot bones, which can be painful. And they can make your feet and ankles swell.
8. Slip on a Shoe
Don’t go barefoot. It puts a strain on your foot and can lead to plantar warts and athlete’s foot. “If you’re walking in bare feet, you’re exposed to the elements. You can cut the skin on your feet,” Reid says.
9. Don’t Cut Corners
Do you know the best way to trim your toenails?
Cut them straight across. If you clip them in the corners, that will lead to an ingrown nail, which becomes extremely painful over time.
Like any other part of your body, see your doctor if you have pain or notice anything unusual. With that kind of care, your feet will flourish.
10. Listen to your body
If you experience foot and ankle pain during a sport, stop the activity or modify the activity until the pain subsides. Also, if you have been injured, you should go through a period of rehabilitation and training before returning to the sport to prevent recurrent injuries.
view original source at https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/discomfort-15/common-pain/help-aching-feet
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