Our feet are what literally keep us going. The average person uses their feet to walk about 150, 000 miles in their lifetime, which is almost the same as walking around the world six times!
From walking and running to jumping and climbing, feet endure a lot—it’s no surprise that foot pain is pretty common. There are many reasons for foot pain, but the good thing is that there are also many things that can help foot pain.
What Can Cause Foot Pain?
Some common causes of foot pain are inflammation and injuries, usually from wearing incorrect shoes or physical activity. Other pain can be brought about by wounds and growths susceptible to feet, such as ingrown toenails, athlete’s foot, bunions, and blisters.
A disease-related cause of foot pain is diabetes due to increased blood sugar levels. With time, this increased blood sugar may also lead to nerve damage and poor circulation, contributing to foot pain. Some people experience tendonitis in their feet, which will lead to localized pain, swelling, and stiffness, with pain increasing the longer you spend on your feet.
What Can Help Foot Pain?
No matter the cause, foot pain can be alleviated in many simple ways.
Popular in the sports community, the RICE method works best for foot pain caused by physical activity injuries or inflammation. For example, maybe you twisted your ankle while hiking, or spent eight hours on your feet at a new job.
RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. When using this method to alleviate foot pain, remember to rest your feet for as much time as you can. Rest will help the tissues in your feet heal. Use ice to lower inflammation and help the pain, and compress and elevate your injured foot to prevent swelling. Swelling can cause nerves to stretch, leading to more pain.
Who doesn’t love a good foot massage? Not only are they great for relaxation, but massages also help relieve foot pain by reducing tension and improving circulation. If a foot massage isn’t your speed, try a hydro massage. Fill one large bowl or basin with cold water, and another one with hot water. Alternate soaking your feet in the cold water, then the hot water, for five minutes at a time. For extra relief, try A88CBD’s Bath Salts. Made with Epsom Salt and natural essential oils, these bath salts will help soothe your aching feet and combat inflammation.
Topical pain medications come in cream, lotions, or gels for easy use on feet. Spread them on the skin of your feet to help relieve pain. The pain medicine in topicals penetrates the skin for quick relief. You can find them at your local drugstore or order them online. A88CBD™’s Deep Relief Cream is a great choice because of its non-greasy formula, and combination of arnica and CBD for natural relief.
If the source of your foot pain comes from bunions, athlete’s foot, ingrown nails, or other similar issues, purchase over the counter medicine to help target the specific issues. Keep your foot as clean and dry as possible to prevent any infections.
If you notice your foot pain getting worse, or lasting for longer than 5 days, it might be time to speak to your doctor as some foot pain has serious underlying causes that need to be addressed by a medical professional.