Courtesy of Brionna Kennedy [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Ankle and foot discomfort are a couple of the most common pains reported by people at all ages due to a number of factors. Maybe you’ve been working too much and your feet have been getting the short end of the stick. Maybe you’re dealing with an ingrown toenail that won’t seem to correct itself. Either way, foot pain is irritating and is best dealt with as soon as possible.
Opt for Shoe Inserts
There’s no doubt that the more cushioning you can add to the soles of your shoes, the better. Significantly overweight people and those that find themselves on their feet the majority of the time should swap out their inserts for new ones every six months or so. You won’t only notice a difference in your foot discomfort, but your entire body should also benefit.
Make an Ice Bottle
The ice bottle trick works well for those with sore feet, especially those that suffer from plantar fasciitis. Using a basic water bottle, fill it only about three quarters of the way to the top and completely freeze it. After the bottle’s contents have frozen, roll it on the floor along the bottom of your foot for immediate relief.
Use Steel Toe Boots on the Job
If you work at a job that is particularly hard on your feet, begin wearing steel toe boots. For people with labor-intensive jobs, joints in the feet are quick to wear out, and this can lead to arthritis down the line.
Wear Sandals or Open-Toed Shoes for Ingrown Toenail Relief
If the problem seems to be an ingrown toenail, wear open-toed shoes or sandals as much as possible. In between sandal use, be sure to soak the toe for 5 minutes twice a day in a solution of salt, Betadine, or Domeboro.
If none of these simple remedies do the trick for your foot or ankle discomfort, it might be time to consult a foot doctor. Foot doctors are specially trained to diagnose problems in the feet and prescribe a working solution that will bring about a timely recovery. Don’t neglect your feet if the previous remedies simply aren’t cutting it.
Overall, there are several things you can try before choosing to consult medical help. If simple remedies such as shoe inserts, a change of shoes, an ice bottle or open-toed shoes don’t help the problem, there is more than likely a more serious condition at hand. Use common sense and don’t neglect your health.
Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.