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5 Tips to Fix Your Aching Feet


Updated May 27, 2014

If you have pain in your feet even before the work day is over, there may be some simple changes you can make that will help get rid of your foot pain. Below are five tips to help fix your aching feet.

1. Wear Shoes That Fit

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Feet can increase in size as you get older. Your feet are not really growing, but the tendons and ligaments tend to get stretched out and this leads to a larger foot size. Make sure to have your feet measured when you buy new shoes. Also, you should not wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. And finally, if you have bunions, hammer toes or a neuroma, make sure your shoes are wide enough and deep enough in the toe box.

2. Try an Over-the-Counter Arch Support

There are many problems in the feet that can first be treated with an OTC (over-the-counter) arch support. Problems such as plantar fasciitis and flat feet are just two examples. If your problem still bothers you, then you should see a podiatrist and discuss custom made arch supports called orthoses or orthotics.

3. Exercise Your Feet

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Various exercises for your ankles, feet and toes will help stretch, strengthen and relax them. Try toe curls by picking up objects with your toes and moving them from one pile to another. Also try standing and then rising up on your toes by lifting your heels off the ground. Do ankle pumps by moving your foot up and down. Making circles with your ankles is also good. Stretch your calf muscle by doing the runner's stretch or wall stretch. Roll the bottom of your foot on a frozen water bottle, tennis ball or golf ball.

4. Trim Callouses and Corns

Trimming callouses can decrease the pressure on the bottom of your feet. First you should soak your feet in warm water to soften callouses and corns. Then, use a pumice stone or emery board to trim the corns and callouses. After trimming, apply a lotion and massage your feet. Then put on socks to help the lotion absorb better. Hard dry skin can lead to cracks which may bleed or become infected.

5. Consider Acupuncture

An alternative medical therapy to consider is acupuncture. It is a component of traditional Chinese medicine. It is not completely understood how acupuncture works, but acupuncture has been shown to be beneficial for certain problems. For example, there are studies showing the benefit of acupuncture for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy and post-op pain relief. These are just two of the problems that could be helped by acupuncture.

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