Everyone has suffered from sore or painful feet. Whether you've been on your feet all day working, or you're feeling it after a long run, try these suggestions.
- Check your shoes: Are they old, unsupportive, too tight, or too loose? Your footwear has a lot to do with how your feet feel, so make sure you're wearing appropriate shoes for the activity you're doing, whether you're out for a run or running an afternoon of errands.
- Do these stretches: Since tight calves are one cause of foot pain, try these stretches to target the back of your lower leg. For this one called the wall calf stretch, press the ball of your foot against a wall so your foot is at a 45-degree angle. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds and then do the other foot. Repeat on both sides for a total of three times. If you're a fan of wearing high heels, here are a few more exercises to prevent injury and pain.
- Good ol' ice: If your feet are swollen or in pain, ice and elevate your tootsies to reduce inflammation. Place a bag of ice or cold pack in an oversize, stretchy sock and then slip the sock on. Ice for no more than 20 minutes.
- The power of heat: If your feet are just sore, either hop your entire self into a hot bath or fill a big pot with hot water, sit in your favorite chair, relax with a good book, and let the heat ease your pain.
- Rub out the tension: Give yourself a massage (or find a kind friend who will do it for you). Rub your feet, shins, and calves with moisturizing lotion. This will bring nourishing blood to the achy area, which helps ease pain.