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How to Treat
Painful Feet: Incorporating Healthy Foot Soaks by Pplatania
those who spend a lot of time standing or walking, painful feet may become
an unfortunate reality. Taking time to treat painful feet can help soothe
the aches and pains, and may help prevent more serious conditions. A
healthy soak for feet designed to help increase circulation, promote
muscle relaxation, and soften the skin, can help make feet feel better
both inside and out. However, chronic pain should be reported to a doctor
or podiatrist, and those with diabetes in particular should consult with a
physician before using any type of product or method to treat painful
feet. Swollen feet, for example, are normal in hot and humid weather, but
can also be a sign of a serious medical condition. As with any physical
condition, it is wise to seek the advice of a physician or podiatrist if
painful conditions such as swelling, muscle cramps, or others continue for
more than a few days.
Some conditions may be treated easily with a foot ache soak followed by
foot lotion. Calluses and corns are two such examples. Calluses are a
build-up of thick skin that develops over time, most often on the heels.
As our bodies age, the padding in the feet becomes thinner and the
development of calluses is one way the body adapts to this change. Other
areas of the foot may also develop calluses, such as the ball of the foot.
Because calluses can signal other, more serious foot problems, it is wise
to seek the assistance of a podiatrist to treat painful feet. A doctor is
also the best person to remove very thick and/or painful calluses. For a
minor callus buildup, a healthy soak for feet can be used to soften the
skin, which can then be gently removed using a pumice stone or similar
product. This treatment, followed by a revitalizing foot lotion can help
relieve and treat painful feet. Inserting padding in the shoes at the
point of the callus can also aid in reducing foot pain.
Corns are one of the more common foot ailments, and tend to show up most
often in people under thirty and in women. This is likely because of the
shoe styles worn, which can put pressure on the toes. Corns are small,
concentrated calluses that usually develop around the toes where friction
occurs most, such as the tops, around joints, and in between. To treat
painful feet resulting from corns and to help prevent corns from
developing, use a foot ache soak on a daily basis. Following the foot
soak, corns can be gently removed using a pumice stone, followed by a foot
lotion. This easy, preventative program, combined with shoes that do not
pinch the toes and special pads over the corns, is an effective method to
treat painful feet. It is also a nice, relaxing way to end the day.
For general foot aches and pains, a healthy foot ache soak combining a
range of treatment components can aid in the reduction of normal swelling,
help reduce muscle fatigue, lessen muscle soreness, and rejuvenate the
feet. Products that incorporate various botanicals, for example, can
create a foot soak that positively affect both mind and body and treat
painful feet. Research shows that scents have a direct impact on our
thoughts and emotions, and the use of botanicals in a foot soak offers
both mental and physical benefits. Botanicals have long been used in
combination with massage therapy to promote feelings of well-being,
promote health, and as therapeutic tools. The same concepts apply when
using botanicals in combination with a soak to treat painful feet. Foot
soaks can also be useful in the treatment and prevention of other
conditions such as athletes foot and in promoting overall foot health.
Peppermint, for example, is useful in clearing the mind and emotions
(which can be very welcome after a long day on the job), relieves muscle
aches, and is often used to treat painful feet. Combinations of lavender,
rosemary, and juniper, are used to relive pain and in sports medicine.
Other blends, such as peppermint, rosemary, and geranium are used not only
to treat pain but also to uplift and strengthen.
For a relaxing foot soak, use cool or warm water and soak your feet for
about fifteen minutes. Pat the feet dry rather than rubbing them with a
towel (although a rough towel can be in replace of a pumice stone for mild
calluses or corns). When feet are dry, apply a foot lotion.
by Vincent Platania
Fuller Brush Products
In business since 1906, Fuller Brush has been offering families
high-quality household products for nearly a century. Fuller Brush natural
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