At the end of a long workday, it’s hard not to recognize the pressure we’ve put on our feet. You take off your shoes and discover red, swollen feet and toes. Kicking off your shoes isn’t reward enough for those tired and overworked tootsies. Try these 5 special feet treats, and we guarantee you’ll be walking on sunshine in no time.
1. Soak your feet in a warm bath of scented Epsom salts. A remedy for what ails you, Epsom Salts have long been revered as the do-it-yourself at-home treatment for aches and pains. I enjoy Dr. Teal’s. The salts will take away the sting and soothe your feet, while the scent: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Spearmint, Chamomile, relaxes your inner spirit.
2. Massage your feet. There are several different options for foot massage. First, you can give yourself a massage at home. Use a lotion that offers extra care for dry skin; I recommend Aveeno, because it’s gentle and effective. Put on socks afterwards for extra moisturizing benefits. It may make sense for you to buy a footbath, found at Target, Walmart or the always entertaining Brookstone. You should be able to locate a decent machine for less than $100. If you’ve really abused your feet, go the extra mile and visit a local spa. You can find 30 minute massages, like a Reflexology massage, for as low as $40 to $50 per hour.
3. Stretch. That’s right, a few simple stretches can put the pep right back in your step. Many physicians tout stretching as one of the most effective “treatments” for foot pain, including Plantar Fasciitis. You can use moves from your doctor, videos, books, or a personal trainer. I suggest employing some of the stretches from Yoga, which you can find online, via videos, or at your local yoga studio. While stretching, listen to soft music to relax your mind and body as you work out the kinks. Try and stretch several times a week to see immediate benefits.
4. Give yourself a foot checkup. Inspect your feet routinely so that you are aware of any changes in your feet. Simple, yet important.
5. Grooming matters. Trim (and file) your toenails, push down the cuticles, and moisturize the toenails and cuticles. Of course men and women can view the final step as optional: use a conditioning clear polish to paint your toenails for the finishing touch.
Do you treat your feet? If you have a special “treatment” that you use to offer comfort and relief to our feet, we’d love to hear about it. Feel free to share your stories. Who knows, you may offer the perfect solution, encouraging others to follow in your footsteps.
The American Diabetes Association offers great resources for further foot care.