5 At-Home Remedies For Common Foot Problems

You and your feet are going places together—and sometimes that comes at a cost.  From blisters to bruises to aching bones, you will experience foot problems every now and then, but that doesn’t always mean a trip to the doctor.  Here are some at-home remedies to relieve minor foot problems; try them first and if things don’t get better then, by all means, give your podiatrist a call.  (NOTE: if you have diabetes or peripheral vascular disease (PVD) don’t try to treat yourself at home—any foot issues should be taken directly to your doctor before they become more serious).

Aching Feet:  Sometimes your feet just get tired.  Keep a tennis ball on hand and roll your bare feet across it for an instant foot massage. Another way to work out the kinks: put a few pencils on the floor and pick them up with your toes.

Athlete’s Foot: The drugstore aisles are full of topical remedies for the itchy red fungal infection known as athlete’s foot. If the athlete’s foot doesn’t go away after a week of treatment, or if it becomes painful, swollen and red, give your doctor a call; the initial infection may have gotten further infected and could need antibiotics.

Plantar Fasciitis: An inflammation of the plantar fascia, the tough ligament that connects the front of your foot to your heel, plantar fasciitis is often felt as heel pain that is at its worst in the morning.  Stretching your Achilles tendon will help:  stand a little bit away from a wall, place your hands on the wall, bend your right knee and keep your left leg straight until you feel a gentle stretch in your heel and arch.  Hold the pose for ten seconds then switch sides. If the pain persists all day or interferes with your activities, give your podiatrist a call.

Sprains and Strains:  If your foot or ankle is suddenly painful or swollen you may have a sprain or even a fracture.  Start with RICE—the acronym stands for “rest, ice, compressions, and elevation”.  Give it a day or two and if things don’t get better call your doctor.

If any of the above at-home remedies don’t provide relief, its important to contact your podiatrist for further treatment.

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