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Treat Achy Feet

Instant Relief For Achy Feet

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
Join The Conversation
Spectra Spectra 9 years
After a long day on my feet, I LOVE a good foot massage. My husband, however, gives crappy massages. I usually get out the lotion and rub them down myself. It still feels wonderful!
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
i would love a foot massage. i swear, my feet always hurt!
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
oooh, a foot massage sounds heavenly.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Foot massages are heaven! Here's a funny thing: after years of almost exclusively wearing high heels and pointy toes, those uncomfortable-looking shoes never hurt my feet anymore--but if I have to spend a day in flats or flip-flops, man do my feet ache afterwards.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
My poor feet are DONE after all the dancing and partying I did on Saturday :(
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
this is so random! I just got back from the gym and my trainer was having me do a bunch of things barefoot. To strengthen my feet so help me run. It was weird but good!
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