Relieve Foot Pain at Home with These Tips

Your feet get you everywhere you need to go. That’s why it’s especially important to take care of them. If your dogs are barking, there are ways to throw them a bone. Consider these tips to both relieve and prevent foot pain.

Relief for Bunions, Corns, and Calluses
A bunion is more than just a bump on the side of your big toe. It’s caused by the big toe leaning toward its neighbor, which throws all the bones in the foot out of alignment. To find relief:

  • Try shoes with a wide toe area and steer clear of high heels or pointy toes. (See below for more tips on choosing appropriate shoes.)
  • Avoid standing for long periods of time, if possible.
  • Apply ice to your feet a few times a day.

If you have a severe bunion that interferes with your daily activities, talk to your doctor.

Corns may develop on top of your toes or at the side of your little toe. To find relief, try foot and toe pads, available in the foot section of your drugstore. Choose a non-medicated, doughnut-shaped foam pad.

Calluses are caused by pressure on the foot that causes a buildup of skin. Many calluses aren’t painful, but you may experience pain when you walk.
You can remove calluses by soaking your feet and then filing them with a pumice stone. If you have diabetes, however, leave calluses alone. Do not try to remove them on your own. Your doctor can advise you on the best way to remove them.

Find Relief through the Perfect-Fitting Shoe
When searching for new shoes, there’s a lot to consider: your foot type, shoe fit, stability, cushioning, arch support and midsole durability. Start with a professional fitting. As you age, your feet can change size, so make sure to get measured. Then, look for shoes that:

  • Fit comfortably at the heel and sides as well as the toes
  • Conform to the shape of your foot, not the other way around
  • Have ample room in the toe box
  • Already fit – never buy shoes with the intention of breaking them in!

 If necessary, you can find relief for many types of foot pain with shoe inserts, called orthotics. Orthotics can help with the following:

  • High arches
  • Flat feet
  • Bony growths on the feet known as spurs
  • Heel pain

Finally, to reduce the risk for injury, replace your shoes every 400 to 500 miles. Shoe cushioning may wear out before the tread, so you may need new shoes before your old ones look worn.

eCards for Health
Spread the word about foot care! Watch the following video with pointers from the American Podiatric Medical Association to learn more about taking care of your tootsies.