We rely on our feet for many essential tasks. Not only do they support the weight of our body each day, but they are also solely responsible for movement. Foot pain is alarmingly common, with many people experiencing acute foot pain at some point in their lives. From improper footwear to acute injuries or serious conditions like plantar fasciitis or arthritis, there are many reasons why foot pain could occur.
Luckily, foot pain doesn’t have to disrupt your day. Several treatment options can relieve your aching feet and prevent pain in the future. Here are some possible ways to put the spring back in your step.
Consider an Anti-Inflammatory Medication
NSAIDs, ‘non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen and aspirin, can help ease pain and reduce swelling when used correctly. It’s, however, advisable to use NSAIDS for short periods, as needed, without overreliance.
Apply Heat, Cold, or Both to Your Feet
Both heat and cold therapies have their place in treating foot pain and conditions, albeit differently. Using heat to relieve foot pain complications increases blood flow, helping to soothe aching muscles, improve flexibility and speed the healing of damaged tissues. Heat therapy can soothe stiff joints and relieve achy muscles if you have a foot or ankle condition like arthritis, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or bunions.
Hot and cold therapy goes a long way toward relieving pain and improving comfort. Conversely, cold therapy restricts blood vessels, reducing inflammation, swelling, and soreness. A combination of both approaches (contrast therapy) can be used depending on your pain or foot condition.
Our multi-use joint pain pack and hot & cold gel slippers are an excellent way to incorporate heat and cold therapy to soothe muscle tension, stiffness, and even chronic foot pain safely, effectively, and conveniently anywhere you are. And when foot pain near the toes or at the heel is present, a multi-purpose foot pain cold pack could be your best bet to feeling better.
The RICE Method May be Necessary
For immediate relief from mild foot pain and acute injuries like athlete’s foot, muscle sprains after a workout, ligament sprains, and bruises, the RICE method is recognized as an excellent first-aid treatment option.
Rest: Stop what you’re doing and take some time off to rest your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Further activity could lead to additional strain.
Ice: Ice is a tried-and-true solution for minimizing swelling and pain. So, apply a cold pack to the affected area.
Compress: To further promote healing and reduce swelling, compress the affected area by wrapping it firmly, but not too tightly, using an elastic medical bandage. Wrapping the bandage too tightly could interrupt blood flow, delaying recovery.
Elevation: Lastly, elevate your foot using pillows to improve blood flow and reduce swelling to the injured area.
Indulge in a Good Soak Using Epsom Salt
Epsom salt works amazingly for muscle aches and stress. If your feet are tired and sore, a warm Epsom salt foot bath can provide much-needed pain relief. Many people report increased muscle relaxation when they soak in warm water and Epsom salt.
Massage and Stretch
Like any other body part, your feet also benefit from a regular rubdown. After a long day of walking around, you may need a good, wholesome stretch and foot massage to relieve sore joints and tension underneath the skin.
You Deserve Happy Feet
Untreated pain and injuries can quickly lead to potentially secondary severe problems. By all means, you want to avoid that. If these treatment options don’t seem to work or make foot pain worse, it’s advisable to see a podiatrist – a specialist in foot and ankle conditions.
Rapid Aid Has The Hot or Cold Therapy Solution You Need
Hot and cold therapy is one of the most effective injury mitigation or pain relief methods. Rapid Aid can provide medical or retail distributors with hot and cold therapy compression solutions to support your orthopedic supplier’s needs. We manufacture a wide range of hot and cold compress products, such as instant cold packs for on-the-spot relief, economic and reusable cold gel compresses and wraps, and clay and oat compresses.
And if your company has private labeling needs, check out Rapid Aid’s white-label solutions.