For most people, their feet take a lot beating. Whether you’re just walking around, working out, playing sports, or standing for extended stretches of time, your feet do all the work. Consequently, it isn’t surprising that you will feel pain in your feet from time to time. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to ease painful, tired, and sore feet, including sufficient rest, massages, OTC meds, and orthotics among others.
However, an accurate diagnosis from one of our podiatrists here at the Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Camp Springs/Clinton, Olney, Kensington, or Silver Spring, MD, is crucial get to the root cause of your pain. If you have yet to schedule your visit with Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, or Dr. Adam Lowy, here are some methods to soothe your feet:
Do Simple Stretches
You could focus on one area of the foot or do stretches that target the entire foot. These can help promote flexibility and strength and prevent cramping.
Do a Foot Bath
A simple foot bath in warm water and Epsom salts can help alleviate foot pain and soreness. Make sure to soak your tired feet in the bath for at least 20 minutes.
Wear Supportive Footwear
Wearing the wrong shoe style, wearing shoes that are already worn out, and the improper shoe size could all affect your feet health. Always wear footwear that’s suitable for the activity that you are doing and those with proper support for your arches.
Wearing orthotics or arch supports could help keep your feet stables when walking or standing, minimizing your pain and discomfort. You could buy OTC orthotics, but you can also have your podiatrist make them for you. You can visit one of our offices in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington, or Silver Spring, MD, so that our podiatrist can customize your orthotics for you.
Use Topical and Oral Pain Medications
You can apply topical OTC products that offer pain-relieving and cooling sensations to your feet. You can likewise take non-steroidal pain medicines for further relief.
Visit your doctor as soon as possible if:
- You can’t walk
- You have severe pain or swollen feet
- You’re experiencing flu-like symptoms along with foot pain
- You have a wound that you suspect is infected
- You feel numbness or tingling on the bottom portion of your feet
- You feel that you have a fracture in your foot
- You have pain that persists for more than two weeks even with home treatments
Need Help With Your Foot Pain?
Reach out to us here at the Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, or Dr. Adam Lowy. Whether you need a diagnosis or orthotics, we can help. Call our office in Silver Spring, MD, at (301) 439-0300, Olney, MD, office at (301) 924-5044, Kensington, MD, office at (301) 868-7670, or our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, office at (301) 868-7670 for more information.