With so much attention on washing your hands and covering your face, there’s probably one body part you’ve been neglecting: your feet. These unsung heroes work hard to get you where you need to be. But with so much time spent indoors or behind desks, you may find you’re not moving as much or wearing the proper shoes lately.
Still, it’s easy to forget just how much time you spend on your feet. Pain and soreness could mean certain habits, like walking barefoot or standing for long periods, are causing problems. There are many ways to pamper your feet, but here are real tips to keep them healthy and pain-free even when you are just wandering around the house.
Embrace house shoes and slippers. Walking barefoot all day on hard household surfaces like wood or tile flooring puts added pressure on your arches and increases the risk for developing painful conditions, including plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. Supportive footwear will cushion and protect the muscles in your feet. Instead of clunky sneakers, consider sandals or moccasins that are easy to slip on while still offering arch support.
Step up stretching. Add a few foot-focused stretches to your fitness routine. Doing these regularly will strengthen the muscles in your feet and ankles and ensure they provide the best support. Here are three simple stretches to try, as recommended by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Elevate the feet. Whether you work on your feet or sit at a desk all day, you can relieve swollen ankles and soreness simply by elevating your feet. This technique works to increase blood flow and circulation in your legs and can be done for 15 minutes a day by propping a few pillows on your couch or bed or putting your legs up against a wall.
Foot rubs are another way to soothe and relax muscles. Arnicare FootCare makes massage easy with its creamy texture that spreads smoothly over ankles, arches, and joints. This homeopathic medicine is made with Arnica montana to relieve sore feet and other aches and pains due to overuse and minor injuries.* Give your feet a treat and shop our full line of fragrance-free Arnicare pain relief topicals.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.