Feet are one of the most active body parts and they do a lot of work throughout the day and get barely any rest (except when you sleep). But, in return most of us give them very little attention unless and until they start hurting. We dedicate so much of our time pampering our facial skin and hair. But we start caring for our feet only when we have a foot pain. And this is really bad, because they are the ones that require maximum pampering at the end of a busy day. Well, I don’t mean that we hurt our feet intentionally, but what I want to tell is we need to be more aware and careful about not hurting our feet just like we are concerned about pimples, acnes, hair loss etc.
In other words, we need to start caring for them more and stop torturing them by wearing all those high heels and other uncomfortable shoes that has a whole lot of side effects. And, if we do hurt our feet in some way or the other, we need to take up immediate action and not wait for things to get worse. And today I am sharing a few of the best and most incredible home remedies for foot pain that can help you ease out foot pain faster.
Proper foot care is very important and the more you care about your feet, the stronger and healthier it’ll become. However, the reason I showed a bit of concern in my introductory note is because I have seen people neglecting foot pains in the beginning and think that pain will go on its own. Well, in most cases it may happen like that but at times due to delay, the pain may turn out to be quite severe. Had you shown the same concern that you show in case of the occurrence of a single pimple on your face, you could have easily avoided your foot pain taking a serious turn.
Basically, I want to request you guys to start caring for your feet more and more and if they hurt even if a little, please do not ignore it. Of course, when they start hurting a lot, you need to take proper medical consent but in the case of mild pain, you can always take help of the home remedies for foot pain to get fast relief and avoid them turning serious.
Apart from the accidents or injuries or health issues, foot pain may occur due to lack of care or due to some other reason that you can easily prevent. So, I would like to draw your attention to some of the common causes behind foot pain and hope to make you more aware of all of these.
- Wearing high heels that puts a lot of pressure on your toes
- Obesity or being overweight
- Health concerns like arthritis, plantar fasciitis, diabetes etc.
- Foot accidents and injuries like a bad fall
- Sport activities or high impact exercises
- Calluses, corns, warts, ingrown nails
- Medications that has swelling of the feet as one of the side effects
- Wearing a footwear that does not properly fit you
I would also like to draw your attention to the common signs and symptoms of foot pain. This is to make you aware that when you experience any one of them, please do not wait and start with the cure.
- Pain and tenderness in your foot
- A tingling sensation or a certain numbness in your feet
- Pain when you are standing for long or while you are moving
- Burning, skin discoloration or any itchy sensation around the foot
- Shooting pain in your affected foot
Well, all foot pains are not the same, so it is important to known about the common types of foot pain to treat them better.
- Toe pain- Mainly those who suffer from grout, a form of arthritis suffers from toe pain. Individuals having hammer toe, bunion or claw toe are also susceptible to toe pain.
- Heel pain- Mainly the pain in the heels are caused from medical conditions like heel spurs or plantar fasciitis.
- Arch pain- Plantar fasciitis and flat feet mainly causes such pain.
- Ball foot pain- This kind of pain is mainly caused from medical conditions like Morton’s neuroma, metatarsalgia or sesamoiditis.
Hopefully, by now you have become aware about the causes, signs and symptoms and the types of foot pain. So, let us not wait further and start with our main topic of discussion on the home remedies to treat your foot pain easily.
Easy home remedies for foot pain to easy out your foot pain fast
Most of us either ignore foot pains or depend on over-the-counter medicines when it comes to treating moderate foot pains which are basically nothing but pain killers. Well, frankly speaking I am not a big fan of talking painkillers unless there are no other options left in hand and prefer going the natural way. So, if you are also like me, then I am hopeful that my below mentioned home remedies for foot pain will be of great help in easing out the pain. So, please read them with care and accordingly act whenever there is any foot pain that can be cured at home.
Epsom salt remedy
If you have Epsom salt at home, then you can obviously use this remedy to treat foot pain easily. This is because Epsom salt also known as magnesium sulfate has got anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, thanks to the presence of magnesium in it, which is very beneficial in treating pains. In fact, Epsom salt is so effective that it’s not just used in treating foot pain, but also in case of muscle aches, spasms and other pains as well.
How to use
Here you need around ½ cup of Epsom salt and a bowl of hot water. You need to add the salt in the warm water. Mix it well unless the salt dissolves. Now, soak your sore foot in it and let it stay for about 10 to 15 minutes. If you repeat the process on a daily basis, then you will get relief from the foot pain very soon.
Hot and cold compress remedy
The next in list of the home remedies for foot pain is the hot and cold compress remedy. Trust me, it is a great combination and the results are very good and studies are a proof of that. While the hot compress helps in improving the circulation of blood in your foot, the cold compress is very effective in reducing the pain and the swelling by making the affected area numb.
How to use
The remedy is not much complicated as you might think it to be. You just need a hot water bottle and ice pack. At first, place the hot water bottle on the affected area of the foot. Keep it for about 5-10 minutes. Then remove it and place the ice pack on the same area. Let it stay for about 10 minutes. Repeat the process 2-3 times. This is a very good remedy and using it whenever you experience any pain in the foot will give you instant relief.
Eucalyptus oil remedy
Essential oils are really gaining a lot of popularity and why not they help a lot in various health concerns starting from treating acne to help us lose weight to giving us relief from the cold and cough and many more. And, now, you can also use it to treat your foot pain.
One such essential oil you can look forward to when it comes to treating your foot pain is eucalyptus essential oil. The main reason behind the therapeutic potential of eucalyptus oil in treating pain is because of the presence of the substance eucalyptol in it. The eucalyptus oil is analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature which makes it ideal in treating foot pain.
How to use
Take a large bowl filled with hot water. Add around 10 drops of eucalyptus oil in it. Mix well and then soak your foot in the solution for about 10-15 minutes. If you repeat this remedy for about 1-2 times on a daily basis, then you will get to see very fast and significant improvements in the condition of your pain.
Peppermint essential oil
Besides eucalyptus essential oil, the other essential oil that you can use as a remedy for foot pain is peppermint essential oil. It is due to menthol that the peppermint oil possesses, anti-inflammatory properties which in turn is very much beneficial in treating any kind of pain including foot pain. In fact, the anti-inflammatory properties of this oil will not just give you relief from the pain but is also very effective in getting rid of the redness and the swelling.
How to use
The process of using peppermint essential oil is all the same as that of eucalyptus essential oil. In a large bowl filled with hot water, mix around 10-12 drops of essential oil. After that, soak your foot in it for about 10-15 minutes. Do it regularly until you are relieved off the pain completely.
The ginger that you use while cooking is very effective in treating foot pain and so, you can definitely try this remedy for foot pain. The reason why the ginger remedy is so effective in treating foot pain is because ginger possess anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, thanks to the presence of the enzyme zingibain in it. Thus, when you use the ginger remedy, it immediately reduces the swelling and gives you relief from the pain.
How to use
Pour steaming hot water in a cup and then add about an inch of chopped ginger in it. Let it steep for about 5-10 minutes and strain. Now, you can add a little bit of honey in the ginger tea and consume it before it becomes cold. Drink the tea 3 times on a daily basis unless you get full relief.
In fact, ginger is not just a natural painkiller but it has several other health benefits. So, even if you drink it on normal days, it’ll help you stay fit and healthy for long.
Coconut oil remedy
In case you feel that coconut oil is just meant for your hair, then think again because it is a great remedy to treat your foot pain as well. And, coconut oil being a very easily available ingredient, I am sure no one will have a problem in using this remedy for foot pain relief.
The primary reason behind the coconut oil being so effective is because of the presence of medium-chain fatty acids that makes coconut oil anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antimicrobial in nature. So, when you apply coconut oil on your sore foot, you get very fast results.
How to use
For the maximum benefits, you just need around 2-3 teaspoon of coconut oil. Then message the oil on the affected area very gently using your hands. After that, wear socks in order to seal in the oil. In this process, you may even add your favorite essential oil to intensify the benefits if you want to. Repeat the remedy every day unless you get the relief from the pain. The best time to apply this super remedy for foot pain is just before you go to the bed.
Mustard seeds remedy
Mustard seeds definitely deserve a mention in the list of home remedies to treat foot pain easily. The seeds are packed with vital nutrients that make them anti-inflammatory in nature, and thus when they are used in the affected area, they help in relieving you off the pain very fast. Studies have already shown the mustard seeds to be very effective against the inflammation, swelling and tenderness, so you can easily use it to treat your foot pain too.
How to use
At first, you need to blend around half a cup of mustard seeds well. Then in a large bowl full of hot water, add the grounded mustard seeds. After that, soak your affected foot in the mixture and keep for about 10-15 minutes. If you repeat this process 1-2 times on a regular basis, I am sure you will get the benefits in easing out foot pain.
Sesame oil remedy
You can also use sesame oil to get rid of your foot pain. This is because sesame oil is already proven to be anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive in nature and so, when you massage it gently on the affected area of your foot, it helps to reduce the swelling as well as eases out the pain quite fast.
How to use
To get the maxim benefit in easing out food pain using this remedy, you just need around 1-2 tablespoon of sesame oil and massage the oil on the affected area of your foot very gently. In order to get some additional benefits, you may even add your favorite essential oil along with the sesame oil. Repeat the process on a regular basis and I am sure you will be benefitted within a short time.
Baking soda remedy
Baking soda is quite a popular ingredient and is widely used in treating various ailments because of its anti-inflammatory, neutralizing and soothing characteristics. All of these properties are very favorable in treating foot pain and so, I think it is one remedy that you should try.
How to use
Pour hot water in a large bowl and then add around half cup of baking soda in it. Mix the two ingredients well and make sure that the soda dissolves completely. Now, you need to soak your affected foot in the mixture and let it stay for about 15-20 minutes. Doing this once on a daily basis will give you fast relief from the foot pain.
How to prevent foot pain easily?
The above-mentioned home remedies for foot pain are always there to help you out when you are in pain. But you yourself must execute maximum caution and try to prevent the occurrence of foot pain as much as possible.
Here are some ways you can get it done:
- Try to wear shoes which are perfectly fitting
- Avoid wearing high heels and the narrow-toed shoes
- Eat balanced diet and try to maintain your body weight. This is important as if you become obese, you will be more prone to frequent foot pains.
- Before getting engaged in any vigorous physical activity, please do some basic stretching.
- Maintain proper foot hygiene.
- Make sure you massage your feet at regular intervals to promote the circulation of blood
Over to you: How do you ease out your foot pain?
Foot pain no matter how mild it is should never be taken loosely. If we start with the cure from beforehand, maybe we will be able to prevent something serious from happening in the future. And, for that, there’s nothing better than trying the remedies for foot pain we have discussed above. I have talked about the methods as well, so I think you will not face any problem if you read the instructions well.
However, the remedies are meant for mild to moderate foot pain only. If your situation is serious, you must consult a doctor. Here are some cases, where doctor’s intervention is very much needed:
- If your foot pain is accompanied by flu like symptoms
- If your foot is too swollen and there is severe pain
- If there is any open wound that might take up the shape of an infection
- If there is a constant numbness or a tingling sensation at the bottom of the foot
- If you are not able to walk properly
- If you are suspecting that you might have broken a bone
- If the pain is not going even after trying all the above-mentioned home remedies to treat foot pain easily
I am sure most of us get foot pain at some times. Ever tried any of these remedies to ease out the foot pain? I would like to know how you deal with such pain and which is your go to remedy for foot pain?
Also, if you know about any other home remedy to treat foot pain, feel free to share by commenting below. Please mention the method also so that my other readers get to know about it in details.
Stay happy and do not let your foot pain ruin your day.
Eliana the chief editor at bodyandbeans is a professional yoga instructor and a fitness freak. She has done her master’s in history from Kolkata University. She is passionate about healthy eating and living practices.