Most of the woman spend 80 percent of your waking hours on their feet. Running around all day, especially with heels can take a toll on your feet and back. Each day your feet absorb over 2,265,000 kilograms of accumulated pressure. Due to this your feet end up in a world of hurt. Pain in the legs can occur as a result of conditions that affect bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, and skin. Virtually anything can cause foot pain, including shoes that don't fit, diseases like arthritis and diabetes, and poor circulation.
Going to the parlour or spa to get that relaxing mani-pedi or spa treatment is not an option to get relief from the pain, here are few home remedies that will help you relax.
1) Get that relaxing soak at home : Take a small tub of warm water (make it as hot as you can handle) and add one or two table spoons of rock salt (also known as unrefined salt) to the water. Now, add a few drops of tea tree oil to the mix. You can even try adding some aromatic oils like jasmine and lavender that have a very calming effect on your mind and body. Soak your feet for about half an hour to feel absolutely relaxed. If your back needs some pampering too, try placing a hot-water bag against your lower back for relief. This will not only relax your entire lower body, it will also make you feel much better and relatively pain free.
2) Massage Your Feet : Buy a roller specially designed to massage the soles of the feet (available from health food shops). Or roll your bare feet over a tennis ball, golf ball or rolling pin for several minutes. To make a stimulating massage oil to soothe foot pain, combine 3 drops clove oil with 3 tablespoons sesame oil. Mix the ingredients well and massage the oils into your aching feet. Another tried-and-true foot-rub recipe calls for 3 drops lavender oil, 1 drop camomile oil and 1 drop geranium oil mixed into 2 teaspoons olive oil.
3) Vinegar : Vinegar is used in various treatments and can help with foot pain due to sprains or strains as it reduces inflammation. Fill a tub with hot water. Add two tablespoons of vinegar in it. You can also mix sea salt or Epsom salt in it. If you do not have any of these, just use table salt. Soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes. Alternatively, put a mixture of equal amounts of vinegar and water in two containers. Use cold water in one and hot water in the other. Soak a towel in the hot mixture, squeeze out the excess liquid and then wrap it around your foot. Leave it wrapped for five minutes. Do the same using the cold mixture. Repeat the whole process at least three or four times daily.
4) Give Your Feet a Workout : Scatter a few pencils on the floor, and pick them up with your toes. This little exercise helps relieve foot ache. Wrap a thick rubber band around all the toes on one foot. Spread your toes and hold the stretch for five seconds. Repeat ten times to relieve shoe-bound feet.
5) Clove oil : Clove oil is highly effective in treating headaches, joint pain, athlete's foot, nail fungus and also foot pain as it boosts circulation. For quick relief, gently massage your aching feet with clove oil. This will stimulate blood flow and relax your muscles. You can massage your feet and heels with clove oil several times a day. If you have sensitive skin or a cut, dilute three drops of clove oil with one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil and then massage your feet with it.
6) Soothe Heel Pain : Heel pain, especially in the morning, may signal plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tough band of tissue that connects your heel bone to the base of your toes. To get relief, stretch the Achilles tendon. Stand about three feet from a wall. Place your hands on the wall, and move your right leg forward, knee bent. Keep your left leg straight, with your heel on the floor. You should feel a gentle stretch in your heel and foot arch. Hold for 10 seconds, then switch sides and repeat.
7) Asparagus : Asparagus is a good remedy when the foot pain is associated with some kind of inflammation or edema. Simply steam some asparagus for a few minutes and then eat it. It will act as a natural diuretic, helping to flush excess fluid out of your system thereby reducing inflammation.
8) Mustard seeds : Mustard seeds can also be used in the treatment of foot pain. They help remove toxic water from the body, improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation, thus giving relief from swelling and pain. Grind some mustard seeds and add them to half a bucket of warm water. Soak your feet in the water for 10 to 15 minutes and then pat dry your feet.
9) Cayenne Pepper : Cayenne pepper is a rich source of capsaicin, which is known to relieve muscle aches and pains, arthritis, muscle strain, lower back pain, and even aching feet. If your feet ache when they get cold, sprinkle some cayenne pepper in your socks before putting them on. This will help keep your feet warm. Another treatment is to add one-half teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder to half a bucket of hot water and soak your feet in it for a few minutes. This will have a soothing effect and give you relief from pain.
10) Sage : If your foot pain is due to some kind of strain, sprain, cut, or soreness, sage can be used to get relief from the discomfort. It can also reduce foot odor. Gently rub a handful of sage leaves between your hands and then put them in a pot with a little less than one cup of apple cider vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for five minutes. Soak a cotton cloth in the warm solution and then hold it on the affected area.Repeat the process several times.
Disclaimer*: This article is only for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.