You need your feet for all the standing, walking and running you do all day, and most of the time, you probably don’t even think about them. When they start hurting, you can think about little else. Whether it’s chronic pain caused by a condition or the weather or something to do with the socks and shoes you wear, treat your foot pain by trying out a few of these tips.


Consult a Doctor About Foot Conditions:

One of the most painful and most easily remedied foot conditions is hammertoes — crooked, bent toes that resemble claws. Some people are born with this condition, but many get it from years of wearing shoes that offer poor support, such as high heels. Even if hammertoes don’t currently cause you pain, they likely will in the future if left untreated. Learn more about the procedures that treat hammertoes and schedule a consultation today.

Wear Insoles and Blister Guards:

Poor support is the greatest cause of foot pain and conditions such as hammertoes, corns, bunions, blisters, tendonitis, inflammation and soreness. Vow to stop wearing high heels and buy shoes that are comfortable as well as attractive. Purchase supportive insoles to line the bottom of your shoes for additional support and line the heels of the shoes with blister guards to prevent friction-related pain and inflammation. Prevent future irritation and cushion your feet to decrease the discomfort you currently feel walking and standing.

Cut Toenails Straight Across:

Ingrown toenails take a long time to develop, but by the time they do, they can prove to be among the most painful and uncomfortable foot conditions. Ingrown toenails lead to inflammation and are difficult to treat without professional intervention, as you could risk infection when you remove the skin and unearth the nail. Get ingrown toenails treated as soon as possible, but also do your best to prevent them. Cut your toenails regularly, at least once every other week, straight across, not in the classic rounded shape.

Moisturize Feet Thoroughly:

Dried, crack skin may be the culprit behind at least some of your foot pain, especially in winter. Cracked feet are uncomfortable and are more likely to be irritated when you wear shoes and socks. Highly cracked skin can even lead to bleeding. The most effective way to treat the skin on the soles and heels of your feet is to:
•    Exfoliate the dead skin away.Use a pumice stone or foot file to remove the flaky skin
•    Moisturize the skin with a heavy cream twice a day. Look for creams (not lotions, which aren’t as thick) with petroleum jelly as an ingredient
•    Encase the feet during treatment.Wear thin, cotton socks after moisturizing, especially at night, to lock the cream onto the feet
Repeat the exfoliation process as necessary, probably at least once every other week. Ask a professional to give your feet a pedicure if you’re squeamish about treating them at home.

Talk to a Shoe Salesperson:

Just because you’ve sworn off high heels doesn’t mean you can’t wear cute shoes. Plan to spend at least an hour at a shoe store and ask a shoes salesperson to measure your feet. One of the reasons for your foot pain might be because you’re wearing too small or too large shoes. Too small shoes inhibit circulation and increase friction; too large don’t offer proper support.
Once you’re certain that you know the proper size shoe for your feet, ask the salesperson to show you supportive, comfortable shoes in dynamic colors and styles. Try on a number of pairs and walk around the store to see how you feel in them. Buy whichever pairs make you feel the most comfortable and the most attractive — because if you hate your shoes, you might reach for that hidden stash of non-supportive high heels when you get home.
The Institute for Preventative Foot Health discovered in 2012 that almost 80 percent of adults over the age of 21 have experienced foot pain. Ignoring foot pain may just lead to worse pain in the future. With so many readily available treatments that can improve the health of your foot, you do yourself a disservice to not even try to make all of the walking, running and standing you do more comfortable.

About the Author: Charles Guidry is a retired podiatrist who frequently blogs on foot and ankle-related topics.

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