Ten tips for soothing your feet and ankles after a hard day

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January 7, 2013 by ginafashionistar

soothing ankleEveryday life can put pressure on our feet and ankles, causing them to become swollen, dry, hard and cracked. You often hear women say that high heels cripple their feet; they’re not joking although they may be slightly exaggerating. There are other factors which can lead to sore feet and ankles, including climate, not drying your feet properly after showering, and standing up for long periods of time, as well as ill-fitting shoes. We’ve compiled a list of tips for you to follow to help soothe your feet and ankles after a hard day…

1)      Restsore or sprained ankles should be properly rested. Put your feet up for a couple of days and try not to walk anywhere. If you have to get up, lean on someone for support or use a crutch to take the pressure off your ankle.

 

2)      Ice – wrap an ice-pack (or a bag of frozen peas) in a tea-towel and hold against the sore part of your ankle for about ten minutes, to help reduce any swelling.

 

3)      Massage – using your fingertips, gently massage the sore area, applying varying degrees of pressure to increase the blood flow and help to reduce pain.

 

4)      Drink plenty of water – believe it or not, the remedy for swollen feet is to drink lots of water and avoid salty food. Often water retention is your body’s way of telling you that it’s dehydrated.

 

5)      Exercise – exercise is a great way of improving circulation and blood flow to all areas of your body. If you have a job that involves sitting down all day in front of a computer, make sure you take the occasional short walk around to help reduce stiff limbs and get the blood circulating properly.

 

6)      Check your shoes – High heels or ill-fitting shoes can cause extra strain on feet and ankles. Ensure your feet don’t slide around your shoes too much. If you get a burning sensation in the balls of your feet, you can purchase some gel cushions that stick inside your shoes and help to reduce the pain. If your shoes are a bit worn, this could also contribute to foot pain. As the sole wears away, your foot hits the ground unevenly every time you walk, causing pain to build up on the part of your foot under the most pressure. Regularly buy new shoes. If you find your soles wear out quickly, find some shoes with a stiffer sole to help save a few pennies. There are also padded insoles on some shoes nowadays to help cushion and protect weary feet.

 

7)      Soak your feet –  placing your feet in a bowl of warm water can really help to minimise pain; using Epsom salts will help to reduce any swelling in feet and ankles. Simply leave your feet to soak until all the salt has dissolved, remove from the bowl and towel dry.

 

8)      Pain reliever – If you know you’re going to be on your feet all day, why not take a dose of pain reliever in the morning before you head out? This will enable you to be on your feet for longer, without any of the usual pain.

 

9)      Keep a spare pair of shoes in your bag – Ladies, if you’re going on a night out or want to wear heels to work, have no fear; simply keep a pair of rolled-up ballet flats in your handbag to change in to when your feet start to ache. If you have to walk a long distance to and from work, carry your heels and then change into them once you arrive. This will save you having to walk barefoot on the way back from a night out.

 

10)  Moisturise – invest in a good quality foot moisturiser to help hydrate dry and cracked heels. Use every night just before bed and pop on a pair of cotton socks afterwards to really lock in the moisture. Your feet will be smooth and soft again in no time.

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