You spend most of your walking time on your feet. It withstands more pressure than any other part of your body in comparison to its size. So it should come as no surprise if your feet ache from time to time. This can be due to wearing the wrong shoe size, old age, spending too much time on your feet, mineral deficiencies, ingrown nails etc. Even diseases like arthritis and diabetes can cause foot pain.
All the painkillers available over the counter might provide temporary relief but, if you are looking for natural remedies for foot pain, you have come to the right place. Here is a list of 10 items easily available in your kitchen or at a supermarket near you. These techniques and methods though simple, can effectively rid you of foot pain. If you are allergic to any of the items below, do not follow that particular technique.
1. Salt water
This is an extremely easy method to reduce foot pain. Salt is something you will find easily in your kitchen. Take a bucket or bowl with a wide mouth and a flat base. Fill half the vessel with warm water. Add a cup of salt to it. Sit comfortably and soak your feet in the water after the salt has dissolved. Keep them soaked for 15 minutes and you will be able to feel the pain reduce significantly.
Icing the painful area helps numb it temporarily, incapacitating the pain receptors. Take a cloth put some ice cubes in it. It will be easier if you have an ice bag. Alternatively, any plastic cover or sheet which has some weight can be used as a replacement for an ice bag.
Olive oil is one of those products that bring about wonderful results for your health and body when used appropriately. There are many types of olive oil available in the market these days. For foot pain, make sure you buy one which is suitable for skin application. Take a little olive oil and apply it onto your foot. Massage with the help of your palm and fingers. Press on your pressure points gently yet firmly. Keep this up until the olive oil is absorbed. For best results, follow the routine for 20 minutes everyday.
4. Cabbage Leaves
Most Indian households consume cabbage in a curry or stir fry. Perhaps what you didn’t know is that cabbage leaves have a certain essence which is beneficial for pain relief. Take some cabbage leaves and place them in a bowl filled with water. After 20 minutes of soaking, the water would have absorbed the essence of the leaves. Dip your feet in the water for a while. Or you can take a ball of cotton, soak it in the cabbage water and rub it on the affected areas.
5. Hot Oil Massage
Make sure you use natural oils like clove oil, sesame oil, olive oil, lavender oils etc. for a hot oil massage. You can use any one of them or mix them all together. Take two- three drops of each oil in a bowl and set it over a flame. Once it is lukewarm gently pour it over your feet. Use your fingers and palms to massage as required. This is an extremely effective remedy for foot pain.
6. Potato Paste
Place a few potatoes in a pressure cooker. Cook them for about two to three minutes and set them in cool water. The next thing you have to do is peel the potatoes and mash them with a spoon (you can even use your hands) until they form a paste. Now smear the paste onto the pain-ridden area. Cover the area with a cotton cloth. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off. Use it every day and you will be able to see great results.
Vinegar is a great ingredient to relieve pain due to its inflammatory properties. There are two techniques that you can use:
If you have a tub, you can try this one – fill it with two teaspoons of vinegar and soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes. Continue this routine everyday for as long as the pain lasts.
For the second technique, take two water containers; fill one with hot water and the other with cold water. Add two teaspoons of vinegar into each of the containers. Dip a cloth in the hot water container, wring it out and place it over your foot. Wrap your foot in the cloth and hold it for 5 minutes. Do the same using hot water on the other foot, and repeat the process with cold water. Do this at least 4-5 times a day.
8. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne Pepper is not as potent as Indian dried chilies though they may look similar. It is immensely effective in relieving foot pain. You can sprinkle some Cayenne Pepper powder into your socks before you wear them. Another technique is to sprinkle them in a bowl of warm water and let your feet soak in it for about 20 minutes. Cayenne Peppers are mostly used in the case of muscle aches.
If you are looking to tackle the root cause of your pain, sage is the remedy for you. It helps remove toxins from within and has no side effects at all. For this treatment you will require apple cider vinegar. Now take some sage leaves and mash them in your palms. Mix them with half a cup of apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Set the mixture under a flame. Now place the mixture in a bowl. Take a dry cotton cloth and soak it in the bowl. Place the cloth on the part of your foot that is aching. Do this 3-4 times to reduce the pain.
10. Mustard Seeds
This technique involves grinding mustard seeds and adding them to a bucket of warm water. Soak your feet in it for about 15 minutes and repeat for a few days. Mustard seeds have anti-inflammatory properties that remove toxic water from your body. This kitchen ingredient provides great relief from swelling and foot pain.
It can be very difficult to go about your daily activities when you have foot pain. These old school home remedies for foot pain have been practiced for years and are a much better way of relieving pain. Try these techniques and let us know how effective they are for you. If you have any other home remedies that we haven’t covered, feel free to post them in the comment section below.