Having to wake up to sore feet in the morning has got to be one of the most unpleasant feelings in the world. Getting up to face the day and finding that the soles of your feet are killing you is not exactly the best way to get motivated about accomplishing all your tasks. But where does foot pain come from and how does one go about remedying the situation?
First, let us examine the possible causes:
1. No arch support. If you are constantly wearing flip-flops or other types of footwear that do not provide arch support for your feet, then this may be the culprit behind the pain that you are experiencing.
2. Standing for extended periods of time. If you work at a job where you have to literally be on your toes for long hours on end, this could be what causes the pain. This especially applies if your feet are pressed against a hard surface. People who work in retail may fall prey to this situation.
3. Weight gain. If you do not exercise on a regular basis and have put on weight suddenly, this can cause tension in your calf muscles. This tension will eventually find its way to your feet and cause you pain.
4. Running. If you have been running or walking more than usual, your feet may be adjusting to the change.
5. Hypothyroidism. Studies have shown that hypothyroidism has been linked to sore feet. If you have been diagnosed with this, get it checked.
Now let us take a look at some of the solutions that you can try to remedy your sore feet:
1. Soak them in a mixture of warm water and Epsom salt. There is a reason why feet are often soaked prior to a pedicure in nail spas. It is rejuvenating, relaxing and therapeutic not just for the feet but for the entire body. Epsom salt is also known for having effects such as toxic removal, swelling reduction, and nervous system sedation. That said; soak your feet when you get home from work or before bed until you feel relief creeping in.
2. Get a foot massage. Whether you are going to give one to yourself or are going to pay for one, this is an effective way to ward off sore feet as there are millions upon millions of nerves and pressure points in our feet. Relaxation automatically follows once these have been triggered.
3. Put up your feet. If you have been walking around the whole day, you need to position your feet above your heart so that swelling is reduced and blood circulation is increased. You can do this by stacking a bunch of pillows on your coffee table and resting your feet on top. You can also lay flat on your bed and create a mountain of pillows for you to position your feet on top of.
4. Wear proper footwear. As mentioned earlier, one of the primary causes of foot pain for many people is improper footwear. That said; be sure that your footwear is just the right size for you. Do not wear anything ill-fitting as this can obstruct blood flow and cause swollen or sore feet.
All in all, it is best to wear comfortable and appropriate shoes for long distances. When purchasing shoes, be sure to do it during the day when they are at their largest size. Keep this in mind: if you treat your feet right they will take care of you. Rest them constantly when on-the-go, do not stand for long periods of time, and wear the proper shoes.