Like me, you’ve probably had your share of foot pain, but I know what it feels like to deal with bad sprains, a growing bunion, three broken toenail, turf toe, and a pinched nerve in foot I endured for three months. All those injuries have made me familiar with various treatments for foot pain, but below are the safe and easy tips that worked well for me and may also be just as helpful for you too.
Use ice packs and take painkillers to ease foot pain.
Americans are notorious for popping one pill after another for even the mildest of health problems, but I found that a combination therapy of natural treatment and medicines worked best for relieving foot pain. An ice wrap placed around the aching part of the foot can feel very soothing indeed, and it works quicker for me than even the strongest of painkillers. Using cold therapy often can also keep you from depending too much on medicines and prevent you from possible overdose.
Let your foot rest.
Any attempt to use and move the foot when it’s aching will only make the pain worse, so give enough time for it to rest. From stubbed toes to pinched nerves, resting the foot is an important treatment for any foot injury.
Wear what your doctor or podiatrist advises you to.
Use the crutches to make fractures and sprains easier, slide on a turf toe insert to protect your injured big toe, or slip an arch support under your socks to fix flat feet. These tools and implements may look uncomfortable, but they have all been specially made to help your injury heal and make foot pain easier to deal with.
Don’t wear uncomfortable shoes, period.
For a couple of years in college, I wore two pairs of high-heeled boots one after the other. The boots were stylish and looked great with the regulation uniform, but the price I paid for looking fashionable were a bunion in my left foot that plagues me until now and a badly sprained knee when I once slid down a slippery ramp. Nowadays I can say I’ve finally learned my lesson, and hopefully you will learn from my example too. Choose shoes that support your arch well, give room for your toes to wiggle, don’t raise your heel more than an inch, and don’t press against your Achilles tendon. The right footwear will protect you from turf toe when working out, keep you from slipping on rainy days, and make your feet feel comfortable and well-protected all the time.