If you’re spending the day after Thanksgiving standing in line and nabbing some good deals on Black Friday, you’re probably bound to end up with some pain from being on your feet so long, especially if you’re pregnant, overweight, have arthritis, bad shoes, or just aren’t used to standing for a long amount of time! Good news—we have ways to relieve foot pain.
Need some immediate relief? Start by elevating your feet. The simple action of kicking up your heels will take away swelling. Stick an ice pack on your tired arches. You can also roll a frozen water bottle under the foot, which has the added bonus of a massage. You may want to consider oral anti-inflammatory medications to help get rid of the pain too.
Get a foot bath going in the tub so you can relax the muscles after you’ve iced your feet. Add Epsom salts and essential oils for a more spa-like experience. Now, we didn’t say this foot bath has to be warm! If your feet are hot and swollen, try using cool water. Pat dry and keep elevating the feet, staying off of them as much as you can.
As you sit, cross one leg over the other. Pull the toes towards you to stretch the plantar fascia muscle running along the arch of your foot. Hold this for 10 seconds and repeat on the other foot. This may help get rid of the tingling pain around your heel, which is known as plantar fasciitis. It’s a common form of heel pain and often develops from overuse—like standing all day when you’re not used to it.
Good shoes and arch supports are another thing to consider the next time you go Holiday shopping. Wear running shoes or footwear with a stiffer sole—your feet will thank you! We can also provide you with a pair of custom orthotics if you need more specialized support.
“Deal” with your discomfort and relieve foot pain now to save yourself from future aches and pains. Make an appointment with Sierra Foot & Ankle by calling (775) 783-8037 to reach our office in Gardnerville, NV, today!