Patients ask me all the time, “What is holisitic podiatry?”
It is just like any other form of holisitic medicine where the physician looks at the whole picture and offers many safe and natural options for treating the patient. Instead of just treating the symptoms, we look at the whole patient and offer many options for the patient. Here is a short list of some of the safe and natural ways to treat foot pain:
1. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt can help soothe your feet (and other aching muscles). This works best when mixed in a tub of warm water, giving you instant pain relief. Soak for at least 15 minutes.
Ice therapy works well to reduced pain and swelling in the feet. The cold temporarily numbs the nerve endings in the area. You can do this by placing ice (or frozen vegetables) in a plastic bag and then massage the area with the bag for up to 10 minutes.
3. Clove Oil
Clove oil can be used for joint pain and foot pain. It is known to boost circulation. Gently massage your feet with clove oil. This will stimulate blood flow and relax your muscles. This can be done several times a day.
Asparagus helps with inflammation and edema. Eat steamed asparagus; it acts as a natural diuretic, helping to flush excess fluid out of your system thereby reducing inflammation.
5. Essential Oils
Essential oils such as eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and rosemary oil help to soothe tired, sore and aching feet. Mix 4 drops of eucalyptus oil, 4 drops of rosemary oil, and 2 drops of peppermint oil in hot water. Then soak your feet in the mixture for 10 minutes.
Vinegar can help with foot pain due to sprains or strains as it reduces inflammation. You can soak your feet in a mixture of warm water with a few tablespoons of vinegar for at least 10 minutes.
7. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is a rich source of capsaicin, which relieves muscle aches and pains, arthritis, muscle strain, lower back pain, foot pain, and neuropathic pain. Sprinkle a little cayenne pepper in your socks before putting them on; this will help keep your feet warm. Or you can also add 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder to a bucket of hot water and soak your feet in it for a few minutes. This will have a soothing effect and give you relief from pain.
Sage helps relieve foot pain due to strains, sprains, and soreness. Rub a handful of sage leaves between your hands and put them in a pot with one cup of apple cider vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for five minutes. Soak a cotton cloth in the warm solution and then hold it on the affected area. Repeat the process several times.
9. Mustard Seeds
Mustard seeds help to remove toxic water from the body, improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation, thus giving relief from swelling and pain. Grind some mustard seeds and add them to warm water. Soak your feet in the water for 10-15 minutes. Then pat dry your feet.
10. Hot/Cold Therapy
Alternating hot-and-cold therapy help with foot pain in the following ways: hot water promotes blood flow, while cold water reduces inflammation. The hot water should not be too hot; be very careful not to burn yourself by making the water too hot. Here are two ways you can try this at home: alternate a heating pad with an ice pack alternately for 10 minutes, or alternate placing your foot in hot water for 3 minutes followed by putting your foot in cold water for 1 minute (repeat this 2-3 times). Physical therapists often use this modality to treat muscle pain.
If you have severe foot pain, foot pain caused by an injury, or foot pain that will not resolve with these or other home remedies, please call our office at (626) 442-1223 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michele so that we can evaluate your pain and treat your foot so that you can get back to doing what you love and do it pain-free…or for more information on foot pain and foot care, please visit elmontefootdoctor.com
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