Your feet deserve a little more credit, don’t you think? After all, they get you to where you need to go, and they carry your entire body weight, every day! By being aware of your feet throughout the day you can help treat and prevent foot fatigue and pain. And no matter what time of day it is, there is something that you can do to treat your feet, and improve overall health. From the time you wake up in the morning, to the time you go to sleep, here’s what your feet go through on a daily basis.
After resting through the night, this is the time of day when your feet are the least likely to be swollen and tired. However many people who suffer from Plantar Fasciitis feel it first thing in the morning when they step out of bed. Ouch! Plantar Fasciitis causes pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. Once you start walking and stretching your muscles the pain will subside.
Tip: Start the day off right with food that improves foot health like grapefruit, blueberries, cantaloupe, avocado and flax seed.
If you’ve been wearing heels or unsupportive dress shoes your feet will begin to feel tired, and you’re most likely feeling a little more sluggish,and prefer to avoid a lot of walking. However taking the time to go on short walks throughout the day is AWESOME for your health. A quick 10 minute walk at a moderate pace improves circulation and prevents weight gain.
Tip: Stash a pair of athletic/walking shoes or comfortable flats at or desk, or in your car to take a walk break whenever you have a free 10 minutes or more. Make this a daily habit.
It’s common for feet to swell during the later half of the day. That’s why it’s also the best time of day to go shoe shopping, since this is the time of day that your feet will be at their largest size.
If you plan on going for an evening walk or work out, wearing compression socks or socks with arch support can help relieve sore and swollen feet. Wearing house slippers at home also keep feet supported and can protect toes from injury. (Anyone who has ever stepped on a Lego wishes they were wearing some kind of footwear!) No matter where your day took you it’s always beneficial to elevate your feet in the evening to give them a break!
Tip: Massaging feet can greatly improve circulation and relieve muscle tension, even if just for a minute each foot, your entire body will feel the rewards. Feet are directly connected to your legs, back, shoulders, neck, and all the way up to your head – massaging can help relieve built-up tension.
Fix your feet while you sleep and take care of them after a long day of walking or standing. Applying lotion to your feet before bedtime can help heal dry and cracked heels. Wear socks after applying lotion for better results. It’s recommended that diabetics always wear diabetic socks at night to encourage healthy blood circulation. If you’re experiencing bunion pain, wearing a splint or alignment socks at night will help relieve pain for a better tomorrow.