Here at the Zim’s blog we have spent 8 weeks in our Zim’s Body Tips series. Starting at the head and moving downward we have looked at when different parts of our bodies are in pain and what we can do to get relief from this pain. Today we finish off the series by looking at the essential and often quite pain-filled body part of our feet. This includes our toes, heels, arches, ankles, tendons and more. They can all be subject to great pain but there are ways to help us find relief.
Toe pain can come from many different sources. It can be anything from gout, bunions, ingrown toenail or an old fashioned toe stubbing to name a few. One of the most important factors in toe injuries is what shoes we are wearing. Bunions, for instance, are usually gained through wearing ill-fitting or uncomfortable shoes. We also can injure our toes from wearing sandles like flip flops places besides the beach or pool.
For an ingrown toenail soak the foot in a warm foot bath with unscented Epsom salt. More instructions can be found here. Make sure to seek a doctor’s help if necessary. If your pain is from an injury like stubbing your toe most of the time it will go away quickly. If necessary rest your feet and ice the sore toe
Plantar fasciitis is the most common form of arch pain. This occurs when the bottom of your feet that connects your heel pone to your toes becomes inflamed and sore. It might seem like walking would cause the most problems with plantar fasciitis but actually standing for long periods is the most tricky because our mass is focused the longest on our heel and arch. This makes things like museums or theme parks the absolute worst for someone with plantar fasciitis.
Fortunately there are stretches we can do to help with the pain of plantar fasciitis
Your doctor might also recommend some orthotic insoles into your shoes that help to distribute pressure to your feet more evenly (and insist you wear proper shoes to accommodate them)
If we injure our ankle bones, ligaments or tendons it can cause us severe pain. This can come from arthritis, tendinitis, blisters, bruises, breaks sprains and more. If we feel we have sprained or hurt our ankle doctors recommend we: first, rest. Next, apply ice (a bag of frozen peas works great), Third, elevate and compress. A compression bandage may help with the swelling. Finally take over-the-counter pain medications.
If the pain is severe or we cannot put weight on the foot go see a doctor to make sure there isn’t more serious damage. Ankle massage and stretching may also help to loosen up tight and sore tendons and muscles.
Whatever the cause of our feet pain the Zim’s line of pain relief products can also be a powerful tool in finding relief. Whether it be a Zim’s Max Freeze Cooling product or the Zim’s Max Heat liquid the special formulas work to penetrate the muscles so they can relax and recover.
What do you use to help with feet pain? Do you have plantar fasciitis or other problem with your feet? What’s your coping strategy? We’d love to hear in the comments section