Are you one of the many people who suffer from aching feet? Do you have tired feet or feet that burn? Do you stand all day at work?
Often times, people who complain about aching feet or tired feet are suffering from symptoms of metatarsal pain, heel pain or arch pain. Metatarsal pain (aka: ball of foot pain) can occur if you are wearing improper fitting footwear or high heels. The ball of foot/metatarsal area is the location right before the toes, and they hold a lot of a person’s weight. High heels increase the amount of pressure on the metatarsal area – that is why they are painful and difficult to stand in. Wearing metatarsal pads to cushion the ball of foot area can decrease foot pain. Heel pain, usually as a result of plantar fasciitis, can occur when the arch is strained. Wearing arch support insoles can hold up the arch and cushion the entire foot, relieving heel pain and arch pain. Heel cushions can also be worn if your heels are extra sensitive or bruised.
Certain medical conditions can also cause or enhance aching feet. Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) is very common for diabetics. This nerve damage causes foot pain and can later lead to loss of feeling or tired feet. Diabetics must be sure to take extra care of their feet and see a doctor regularly. Arthritis, the inflammation and swelling in the joints, is so prevalent in feet because each foot has 33 joints. Arthritis can cause aching feet, but a doctor’s assistance can alleviate pain.
You can reduce your chances of having aching feet or tired feet by wearing properly fitting footwear with orthopedic features. Shoes with supportive and cushioned footbeds, gentle liners, breathable uppers and the choice of widths are the best shoes for aching feet. Orthopedic shoes make a big difference when it comes to comfort – especially if you are on your feet a lot. Shoes with rocker bottom soles can ease you through the gait cycle, making walking less painful.
Some other tips to reduce aching feet or tired feet:
- Wear healthy, cushy socks
- Place protective/cushioned pads where you feel pain
- Stretch your feet
- Use massage balls to reduce tightness and improve flexibility in feet
- Get a foot massage regularly
- Soak your feet in warm water