Two of the strongest yet underrated parts of the body? Foot one and foot two. They carry the entirety of your weight day in and day out. So foot pain is something that’s almost inevitable.
Nevertheless, there are methods to ease them of discomfort as often as possible. From the best metatarsal pads to foot stretches, and more, here’s what you can do for foot comfort.
1. Metatarsal Pads
You’ll be surprised at how much of a positive difference metatarsal pads can bring to your feet. These tools can be placed in each one of your shoes. They serve as cushions that lessen the friction and pressure your feet are subjected to on a daily basis.
Ask your supplier and/or met-pad shop about which ones will suit your feet (and shoes) the most. There are varying cuts and materials you can choose from. Just as long as their sizes match that of your footwear, use them regularly and you’ll immediately notice the difference. Ease when walking, running, hiking, you name it. Ergo, ease for your trotters.
2. Feet Need Exercise And Stretching, Too
Feet contain muscles and joints, just as the rest of your body does. And as the latter necessitates constant movement and flexing, so should your feet receive the same amount of physical care.
Try going the proactive approach in alleviating feet from pain. Set a leg-to-foot stretch workout every day, preferably soon after you wake up. Following this consistently can help prevent muscle sores in the said body parts.
Quick Foot-Stretching Tip (Sitting Or Standing)
Lift one leg off the ground and let it hang loose. Then, flex your toes upward and hold this position for 5 seconds. Point them forward for another 5. Finally, curl them for 10 seconds. Repeat this 5 times.
Stretches for your hamstrings are good for your soles as well.
3. Add Strengthening Into The Mix
Add a few strengthening exercises to your foot stretching routine (a call back to the number above). Don’t worry, this doesn’t necessarily mean needing to hang large-sized weights around your ankles and lifting them a la dumbbells. Although that said, small-sized ankle weights are a great apparatus you can utilize for this. So are resistance bands.
Quick Foot-Strengthening Exercise Using Resistance Bands (Sitting)
Prepare two chairs and position them adjacent to each other. Insert the two front legs of one chair in the resistance band. Next, sit in the chair opposite to this fixture. Your knees and legs should be close to a 90-degree angle against the floor. Sit comfortably, with your back straight and your shoulders relaxed.
Now, lift your right foot and let its sole touch the outer resistance band of the other chair. With the same foot, pull the resistance band towards you so that your foot’s ball is flexed, and your calf, squeezed against the back of your thigh.
Repeat this 7 times and observe the same with your left foot. To supplement this, let walking and/or running have a place in your day-to-day. Walking and running are natural foot strengthening operations.
4. Warm Foot Baths And DIY Spas
We’re not stopping you from visiting foot spas at your behest. But if you don’t seem to have the time for such leisurely self-pampering activities, you can still show some love to your feet through foot baths at home.
A cup of salt (Epsom comes highly recommended) and a basin (or tub, if your bathroom has one) of lukewarm water is the perfect low-cost solution. For about 15 to 20 minutes, soak your feet in the mixture, and feel relief around your soles to your ankles soon after.
5. Ice-Cold Remedy
If number 4 is about using warm water for foot relief, this final one will have you utilizing ice. In case you don’t have an ice bag, simply wrap 5 to 6 pieces of ice cubes in a towel. Set the ice bag in a basin (mainly to avoid having them leak on your floor). Finally, roll the soles of your feet on them for 5 to 10 minutes at night.
The cold may aid with the reduction of inflammation. Plus, ice is really soothing on the feet, too.