If you have foot pain you know what we mean!
There are several causes and symptoms for foot pain. One of the more common issues is pain when taking the first few steps after getting out of bed in the morning or long periods of sitting. There may be many causes for this pain, plantar fasciitis being one of the more common. There are several opinions on treatment of foot pain from soaking, massage, and stretching to shots, medication, and surgery. Google brought up almost 47,000,000 results in 0.23 second on the search for ‘foot pain’.
At Atrium Wellness, Inc. we are not proponents of surgery unless it is the last possible resort. Therefore, we begin at the other end of the spectrum.
Your pain is real and you want it gone. Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce your discomfort. As always: consult a physician if there is a cause for concern such as broken skin, signs of infection, inability to bear weight on the foot.
- Soak your feet in Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) water (follow instructions on the Epsom Salt package). You can see our FaceBook post on Epsom salt for more information on how it works.
- Stretch your feet
- Stand facing a wall with you toe touching the base board
- Put your hands on the wall for stabilization
- Place your back foot behind you approximately two feet, or enough to be able to comfortably come up on your toe.
- Press down on the back foots toes bringing the heel up off the floor
- Hold the stretch for 30 seconds
- Repeat by switching the positioning of your feet
- A trained and certified massage therapist will be able to massage the foot, and possibly leg, to reduce your pain
- The massage therapist should then give you lessons on how best to stretch you own feet at home to continue treatment
- Brace it
- Wearing a specially made brace at night to bring your foot into flexion
Your foot pain may lead to more serious problems if left untreated.