Feet problems are occurring daily around us, we would only have to look around us to spot individuals with such problems - be it our colleagues at work or family members at home. So what are the 5 most common feet problems and what can we do to combat it.
1. Plantar Fasciitis
It is caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia that runs along the sole of the feet. It often comes with heel pain and pain intensifies in the morning when getting out of bed.
These are a few home remedies that would be helpful.
a. Stretching Exercises
Stretching the lower leg muscles will help to relieve the strain placed on the plantar fascia, this helps to reduce the pressure and workload that it is placed under. Similarly, stretching the plantar fascia also increases the flexibility, making it less rigid and prone to further injuries.
b. Using a massage ball or frozen golf ball as a roller for your feet. This will help to increase blood flow to the plantar fascia allow it heal faster. Remember to stretch before rolling as the plantar fascia might be injured if it is not stretched and warmed up enough.
Bunions are bony humps that occurs at the joint of the big toe. It may occur due to several reasons, wearing of tight fitting shoes, high heels and also it could be hereditary. Bunions can only be corrected through surgery, however most individuals would just require products for pain relief and prevention of the progression of the bunions themselves.
One can employ these remedies to help with the pain relief.
a. Olive Oil
Applying Olive oil helps to promote blood circulation and synovial fluid movement around the joint. This helps to reduce the pain at the joint.
b. Red Pepper
Red Pepper is full of a compound called Capsaicin that helps to relieve pain and discomfort. One can cut a red pepper and apply the juice on the bunion, apply a layer of petroleum gel and wrap the bunion with a piece of cloth.
c. Epsom Salts
Dissolve epsom salts in water and soak feet for twenty minutes twice a day.
Blisters are caused by friction or heat on the skin. Blisters often occur at the Achilles heel area due to the friction between shoes and the Achilles area. To soothe the damaged skin, there are many ways to do so.
a. Aloe Vera and Vitamin E oil
Mix Aloe Vera and Vitamin E oil in equal parts and apply the mixture onto the blister. After which allow the mixture to dry on the blister and wash it off with warm water.
b. Green Tea
Green tea contains anti – inflammatory compounds that helps to reduce swelling and pain. Steep a green tea bag into a cup of hot water for 5 mins. Remove the moist tea bag and place it on the blister for a few minutes.
Corns are caused by repetitive friction on the skin causing a accumulation of hardened dead skin on the area of the friction. Most remedies are aimed at making the corns softer and easier to remove. Many products contains salicylic acid that helps to break down the corn.
Cut a slice of lemon peel and place it over the corn. Secure it with cloth and repeat the procedure till the corn softens and drops off on its own.
Soak a slice of onion with white vinegar and leave it in a warm place during the day. After which place the onion on the corn and use a bandage or bandage tape to secure it. Repeat this procedure nightly till the corn is soft enough to be removed.
Warts are caused by the infection of the outer layer of the skin by Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV). The virus enters the skin through small scratches, which causes the rapid growth of the outer layer of the skin creating the wart.
a. Duct Tape
Cut a piece of duct tape that covers the wart, leave it on for 6 days and soak your feet in warm water after taking it off. A pumice stone or emery board can be used to file down the dead skin. After which the wart is to be uncovered for the night before the procedure is repeated again.
b. Vitamin C tablets
Crush a number of vitamin C tablets and make them into a paste. Apply the paste to the warts. Tablets are highly acidic and can help to fight the virus.
c. Banana and Lemon Peel
Rub the inner side of the peel onto the wart. A chemical substance in the peel can help to dissolve the wart.
Make slight cuts on the side of the papaya and collect the sap that comes out. Mix the sap with water and apply the mixture to the wart, day and night.
e. Basil Leaves
Crush a basil leaf and leave it over the wart and change a leaf to a fresh one everyday.