According to the University of Maryland, about 75% of all Americans will suffer from foot pain of one sort or another at some point in their lives. So you should consider foot pain pretty normal. Fortunately there are some tips you can take advantage of to eliminate foot pain.

We spoke with Dr. Russel Ian about how to eliminate foot pain and he gave us some great information. Whether you have just recently injured your foot or you have suffered from pain off and on for a while, there are a few tips to reduce this pain and to keep it from getting worse.

Foot Pain

Airing Them Out

Keep your feet in the air as much as you can. Go barefoot when you are home, and wear sandals when you can. Shoes can cramp your feet, and keeping your foot in a dark and moist environment can encourage skin issues like athlete’s foot and other fungi.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Unless the shoes are specialty shoes of some sort or another, they should be comfortable the moment that you put them on your feet. There is no such thing as a “break-in” period. Choose shoes that feel right as soon as you slip them on.

Skip the High Heels

Reduce or eliminate high heels from your wardrobe. High heels hurt your feet by compressing them and putting pressure in the wrong places.

Use Proper Inserts for Low Arches

If you have flat feet, that is, if your arch is nearly flat to the ground, you may need custom inserts in your shoes. Flat feet can result in a great deal of pain over time, especially if you are someone who is on your feet a lot. A custom insert produced for you by a podiatrist can alleviate pain almost immediately.

Use Cushioning for High Arches

If you have high arches, you may need some extra support in your shoes. A small amount of specially-designed cushioning where your arch is can keep you feeling a lot more comfortable as you walk around.

Soak Your Feet

A foot bath at the end of a long day can be very soothing for your feet, and it can reduce inflammation. A foot bath is not the same as simply washing your feet, as when you are using a foot bath, there is no pressure on the affected parts. Fill a foot bath with warm water and poor in a small amount of Epsom salts. Soak your feet as long as you like, and then dry them thoroughly to prevent fungus.

Ice After Tough Days

After long days of shopping, exercise, or just a hike, your feet might swell up. To reduce swelling or to numb pain, throw a few ice cubes into a re-sealable plastic bag, wrap it in a thin towel and apply it to the affected area.

Rest

When in doubt, give a sore foot some rest. Foot injuries need time to heal like every other injury, so be patient and stay off of it as much as possible.

If your feet are in pain, do something about it! Try one of these methods to alleviate the foot pain once and for all!

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