How you can enjoy joint pain relief for your feet and still go dancing, walking, and do all the other things you love to do.
What is really causing the joint pain in your feet?
That is the first step-finding out the cause of the joint pain in your feet.
There are several things that can cause pain in your feet. The top reasons for joint pain in the feet are
- Improperly fitted shoes-you should have your feet measured before you purchase your shoes; each shoe type and manufacturer make shoes differently. This means shoe sizes differ as well.
- Diabetic nerve pain can cause stinging, burning and throbbing sensations in the feet
- Gout when the body has too much uric acid
- Sprain and strain which can be caused by sports or shoes that fit improperly
- Cuboid syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis-inflammation of the band of the tissue connecting your heel bone to the base of your toes
- Fallen arches
- Metatarsalgia-inflammation in the ball of the foot
- Achilles’ tendinitis
- Torn ligaments
- Bunionette-a misalignment of bones that affects the base of your pinky toe due to wearing high heels
Joint Pain Relief for your Feet
Joint pain relief for your feet can be achieved by a number of methods-some using traditional medication and some using homeopathic natural remedies and by combining both traditional and homeopathic remedies together.
Diet and exercise are important for joint pain relief in your feet. A well-balanced diet provides nutrients your body needs and can help reduce your weight if you have put on a few extra pounds.
Exercise promotes better circulation, strengthens muscles around joints, and helps with weight loss. If you are experiencing pain in your feet, there are stretches and exercises specifically for your feet that you can do. Below are two links to exercises for your feet.
Shoe support-you need to wear shoes that provide good support; you can also add cushion support in the shoes. It is important that the shoes fit properly, so when you buy shoes, do not just order the size that normally fits try them on to make sure they give you the support you need.
Soaking your feet-soaking your feet in Epsom’s salt or with essential oils can provide relief from the pain of sore feet.
Essential oils for sore feet include
- Peppermint offers a cool numbing feeling while promoting circulation and fighting fatigue
- Lemongrass reduces swelling and inflammation and revitalizes tired feet
- Sweet Marjoram gives a warming feeling and helps tired and sore muscles and joints
- Juniper Berry reduces pain and inflammation reduces fluid retention and has cleansing and detoxifying properties for skin
- Rosemary stimulates circulation and helps with aches and pains
- Lavender reduces inflammation and pain and relaxes tight muscles
- Cyprus anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties reduces accumulated fluid in tissue and strengthens connective tissue
- Lemon relieves fatigue and is purifying
Essential oils on feet
You can rub the essential oils directly on your feet or you can put the essential oils into a foot bath.
Mixing some of the oils together can provide more than one benefit.
- To help drain excess fluid-mix 10 drops juniper berry, 10 drops grapefruit. 10 drops rosemary and 2 tbsp olive oil. Put the mixture into a bottle with a dropper, deep massage a few drops on your feet, then elevate your feet.
- Swollen ankles and feet- mix ¼ cup Epsom salt, 10 drops grapefruit and 10 drops cypress. Fill your foot tub and while the water is running add the Epsom salt. Once the tub is halfway full, add your essential oils then soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes. You can do this several times a week. When you take your feet out and dry them, keep them elevated on a footstool or in a recliner.
Diabetic nerve pain in the feet
Diabetic nerve pain in feet is something you really can’t understand if you have never had it.
It can be described as shooting, stinging, burning pain in the feet or hands. Diabetics are prone to this if they do not take care of their sugar levels and their feet.
Check your feet daily, wear shoes that fit properly and diabetic socks which offer more cushion than regular socks. Do no-impact exercise, consider orthotics that are fitted, and do not go barefoot.
Speak to your doctor as there are medications that can be used for diabetic nerve pain as well besides over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen.
Essential oils for swollen feet
Essential oils for swollen feet can reduce swelling and relax tired sore feet at the end of the day.
Some of the essential oils you can use are
- Chamomile Oil massaged into the feet and lower legs will reduce the swelling
- Lavender Oil-a few drops massaged with moderate pressure will reduce swelling
- Tea Tree Oil-massage with outward strokes, moving from the feet up towards the knees allows the trapped fluid to spread out
- Juniper Oil eases inflammation
- Fennel Oil reduces swelling when massaged in
- Geranium Oil can be put in a bath, foot bath, or massaged on
After you put the essential oil on, sit with your feet elevated on a stool or in a recliner-this will help keep the swelling down.
Preventative measures for joint pain in the feet
Prevention can help keep your feet pain free.
Having proper shoes that fit well is a must. Exercise and stretch the joints in your feet and eat a balanced diet.
Keep your toenails trimmed correctly so that they do not form ingrown toenails.
If you need orthotics, visit a podiatrist and have them made to fit.
If you play sports or hike, make sure that your shoes support your ankles.
Keep your weight under control so you do not put undue stress on your feet or other joints. These preventative measures not only will reduce the risk of diabetes, but possibly arthritis as well.