Home remedies for foot pain
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Foot pain, a common ailment, affects almost everyone at some point in life. It can occur anywhere in the foot including the toes, heel, sole or ankle. A number of reasons could be responsible for causing foot pain such as old age, wearing uncomfortable shoes, excessive walking, standing on the feet for prolonged duration of time, deficiency of certain minerals, ingrown toenails, diabetes and other health conditions. However, there are many home remedies for foot pain that can help you get quick relief. Here are some of the best ways to get foot pain relief.
Hot and cold water
Hot water promotes blood flow while cold water reduces inflammation. Take two buckets and fill one with cold water and another with bearable hot water. Dip your feet in the hot water bucket for three minutes and then put them in cold water bucket for 10 seconds to a minute. Repeat the process 2- 3 times and if you started with hot water, make sure to end with the cold water. You can also apply a heat pad and an ice pack alternately on your feet for 10 minutes to reduce foot pain.
Vinegar can work to reduce discomfort caused by sprains or strains as it reduces inflammation. Fill a bucket with hot water and add two tablespoonfuls of vinegar along with a small amount of salt or Epsom salt. Now soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes.
Epsom salt can soothe the feet and provide instant relief from pain in the foot. Put two to three tablespoonfuls of epsom salt in a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in the tub for 10 to 15 minutes. Apply some moisturizer afterwards because the salt can make your feet dry.
Ice therapy is an effective way to reduce pain and swelling on the feet. Put some crushed pieces of ice in a small plastic bag and use it to massage the affected area in a circular motion. Make sure you do not use an ice pack for more than 10 minutes at a stretch as it can damage the skin and nerves.
Clove oil works wonders when it comes to treating headaches, joint pain, athlete's foot, nail fungus and foot pain. Gently massage the aching feet with clove oil to get instant relief. The massage stimulates blood flow and relaxes muscles. For best results, massage several times in a day.
If you are experiencing foot pain due to strain, sprain, cut or soreness, you can use sage to get relief from the discomfort. It can also reduce foot odour. All you have to do is gently rub a handful of sage leaves between the hands and then put them in a pot with a little less than 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Boil this mixture on low heat for a few minutes. Now apply this mixture on the affected area with the help of a piece of cotton cloth. Repeat the process several times.
Mustard seeds remove toxic water from the body, improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation. Take some mustard seeds, grind them and add them to a bucket of warm water. Soak your feet in the water for 10 to 15 minutes and then pat your feet dry.