Got Foot Pain? Here’s How to Get Relief!

You rely on your feet to get around, so it’s important to keep them in tip-top shape. . If your dogs are barking, there are ways to throw them a bone. The following tips can help you both relieve and prevent foot pain.

Proper Care for Bunions, Corns, and Calluses
If you have a bunion, you may see it as just a bump on the side of your big toe. This “bump” is caused by your foot’s bones being out of allignment. This is usually due to the big toe leaning toward its neighbor. To find relief:

  • Avoid high heels or pointy toes. Instead, try shoes with a wide toe area. (See below for more tips on choosing appropriate shoes.)
  • Apply ice to your feet a few times a day.
  • Don’t stand for long periods of time, if possible.

If you find that your bunion  interferes with your day-to-day life, talk to your doctor.

Corns usually form at the side of your little toe or on top of your toes.Try foot and toe pads, available in the foot care section of your drugstore, to find quick relief. The non-medicated, doughnut-shaped foam pads will work best to not further irritate the corn.

Calluses are caused by a buildup of skin that puts pressure on the foot. Many calluses don’t cause pain, although you may have pain when you walk.

To remove calluses,  soak your feet and file them with a pumice stone. However, if you have diabetes, leave calluses alone and speak to your doctor if you are having discomfort. He or she can advise you on the best way to remove them.

Painful Shoes? The Perfect-Fitting Shoe Can Help
There’s a lot to consider when searching for new shoes: your foot type, shoe fit, arch support, cushioning, stability and midsole durability. A professional fitting can help you find that perfect shoe. And remember to get measured – as  you age, your feet can change size. Once you’ve been measured, look for shoes that:

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

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

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

Finally, replace your shoes every 400 to 500 miles to reduce your risk for injury. Even if your shoes don’t look worn, thecushioning can wear out before the tread.

eCards for Health
Spread the word about foot care! The following video has tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association about taking care of your tootsies.