Home Remedies to Soothe Foot Pain
Sometimes foot pain has an obvious cause, such as a fungal infection like athlete’s foot, corns, a callus or an ingrown toenail. If the discomfort you feel stems simply from fatigue or poorly fitting shoes, your best friend may be water—warm or cold, with or without herbal extras—or an invigorating foot massage. Here are some easy ways to treat your feet and relieve foot pain.
1. Soak Away Foot Pain
For a refreshing and stimulating treat for sore feet, fill one basin with cold water and another with water as hot as you can comfortably stand. Sit in a chair, and place your feet in the cold water. After 5 minutes, switch to the hot water. Repeat. This “hydromassage” alternately dilates and constricts blood vessels in your feet, boosting circulation.
To pamper your feet with essential oils, fill a bowl with hot water and add 2 drops peppermint oil, along with four drops each of eucalyptus and rosemary oil. Soak for 10 minutes.
If you don’t have any essential oils at home, brew up a very strong cup of peppermint tea and add it to the water.
Soak your feet in a warm-water footbath spiked with half an ounce arnica tincture. The improved blood flow almost instantly results in less pain.
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2. Massage Your Sore Feet
Buy a roller specially designed to massage the soles of the feet (you can usually find them at health food stores). 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.