Medically reviewed by Dr. Jen Palmer, ND – Naturopathic Doctor,
Director of Education for Charlotte’s Web™
Our feet take a beating from daily walking, running, jumping, and climbing, so it’s no surprise when pain or discomfort appears. When your feet are bothering you, it can feel difficult to take on the day so finding ways to relieve minor aches and pains is essential.
Common Causes of Foot Pain
Pain in your feet can be alarming and certainly uncomfortable. However, foot pain can have mundane causes and doesn’t necessarily indicate an underlying disease or injury. Common causes of the ball, arch, and top of foot pain include:
- Poorly Fitting Shoes
- Prolonged Period on Feet
- Overuse Such as Long Walks or Running A Marathon
- Sprains, Strains, or Other Minor Trauma
- Plantar Fasciitis
You should consult with your doctor to determine the cause of your foot discomfort as it may indicate a serious condition, but often daily wear and tear of feet is the culprit. For everyday aches and pains which this article addresses, there are many options when it comes to relieving pain in your feet, like massages, creams, and stretches.
Tips for Foot Pain Relief
Below are some of the top ways to relieve pain in your feet, so you can get back on them:
Stretches for Foot Pain
Stretching is a simple way to find foot pain relief at home. Some great foot stretches include toe extensions, golf ball rolls, and achilles stretches.
Toe extension stretches are useful in preventing or treating pain in the heel when walking, plantar fasciitis, and improve mobility in the toes. Rolling a golf ball or massage ball under the foot may help to relieve discomfort. Achilles stretches target the Achilles tendon, which connects the heel to the calf muscles. It can strain easily, and stretching and exercising the area may help with foot pains.
Foot rubs and massage not only feel great but are a fantastic and easy way to temporarily relieve pain in your feet. You can perform a self-massage or opt for a spa day to help you quickly relieve temporary pain.
According to Heel That Pain, “By rubbing the heel, arch, and surrounding areas, you can stimulate blood flow, improve circulation, break down adhesions and scarring, temporarily diminish the pain signals from nerve endings, and stretch and loosen tight muscles and tendons…”
However, massaging the bottom of your foot is not a permanent solution for chronic foot conditions.
Proper Footwear and Arch Support
Pain in the arch and bottom of the foot may be caused by the way you walk or stand. Depending on your anatomy and gait, some muscles in your arches may work harder than the others and this can lead to pain. Arch pain may also occur from overuse such as prolonged periods of walking or standing.
To help relieve pain in the arch of your foot, wear proper shoes, especially when exercising, to help distribute weight through your entire foot. Also, consider inserting insoles to support your arches for daily walking and standing.
Oral Analgesic Medications
When foot pain appears, many people reach for over the counter oral analgesic medications such as acetaminophen or aspirin. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen are also often recommended and can help to reduce inflammation at the same time.
Getting Back on Your (Pain-Free) Feet
Our feet are one of our most complicated body parts and are subject to strain. With daily wear and tear from walking or running, our feet deserve some respite. There are many ways you can try to relieve sore feet at home. Try a few of these methods combined with our CBDMEDIC™ Pain Relief Stick for temporary relief and get back on your feet.
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