Bunion Blues And Beyond: 10 Ways To Cure Foot Pain Fast!
Bunions are an issue. Heels spurs are another. Sore feet, toe pain, you name it! Chances are you’ve suffered from foot pain at one point in your life. And will certainly feel it at some point in the future. From the moment you learn to walk, your feet begin their long life journey, getting used and abused in ways that makes them easy targets for foot pain and injury (those darn bunions!).
The American Pediatric Medical Association explains “most Americans log an amazing 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach age 50.” And that’s just from typical behaviors and moderate levels of activity. If you are an avid fitness enthusiast or you work in a job that keeps you on your feet all day long, then that number goes up significantly, as does your risk of foot injuries and foot pain related health issues. From bunions to heel spurs, odd are that at some point in your life you will have foot issues.
It should come as no surprise that women experience foot pain disproportionately than men. In fact, research from the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests that women have “four times as many foot problems as men do and account for nearly 90 percent of all foot operations.”
From arthritis to tendinitis to athlete’s foot and everything in between, there’s a lot that can go wrong with your feet, and a lot of medical issues that you may be overlooking. The first step is to actually pay attention to what your feet are telling you. If you’re in pain, then you need to make some changes. If you’re not happy with the way your feet look or feel, you need to seek help from an expert. And above all, if you want to have happy feet, you need to invest more time and energy in proper foot health.
Here are 10 easy steps you can take (pun intended) to ensure your feet get healthy and feel great.
1. Get A Regular Pedicure
Sure, pedicures are relaxing and totally indulgent, and in our expert opinion, that’s reason enough to get them on a regular basis. But they also happen to be really important in ensuring proper foot hygiene. Everything from the foot soak (in warm soapy water) to the removal of calluses, to the trimming of your nails are necessary steps to keeping your feet looking and feeling their best. If you’re worried about potential health risks or the cost of salon pedicures, you can always opt to do an at-home pedicure yourself. In an article for Elle.com, Jin Soon Choi, founder of JINsoon nail polish, offers tips for the best at-home pedicure. Key rules to live by: never cut an ingrown toenail, invest in a good foot file or pumice stone, and always exfoliate and moisturize.