If you have experienced sore or painful heels, you know how it can impact your entire life. Heels are not usually tender or uncomfortable due to injury, but more often it is the result of how you walk or other medical related issues.
Some reasons your heels hurt might be your gait, gout, arthritis, weight, posture, or shoes. See your podiatrist about persistent foot or heel pain, but soothe and provide them with some relief in the meantime. Heal your sore heels with these suggestions:
Watch what you wear. Take a closer look at what you wear for footwear on a daily basis. If you wear heels, take a pair of flats and switch shoes every few hours. Bring a pair of sneakers or shoes with support for longer hikes, such as from a subway station or to your vehicle in a parking lot.
Get your feet measured. Are you wearing the right size shoes? Wearing shoes that are too narrow or too tight may impact how your feet feel and cause sore heels.
Check your arches. If you happen to have very-high arches, this could be putting extra pressure on your heels. Have your podiatrist or physician take a look to let you know if you would benefit from arch supports to help soothe your discomfort.
Cut down on salt. If you eat a lot of sodium, your feet are going to swell. This can result in your shoes fitting tightly and causing irritation to the bottoms of your feet—including your heels. Cut back on salt or plan on wearing a half-size larger shoes during long days or when you will be on your feet for extended periods.
Invest in some support. Add gel-liners to any pair of shoes that you plan to wear. This will not only help pad your heels, but will also protect the insoles of your shoes from excess wear.
Soak them in Epsom salt. Soak sore heels in a warm bath with Epsom salt. Add a couple drops of peppermint essential oil for a cooling, soothing experience that will rejuvenate your feet.
It is estimated that around two-thirds of the population report wearing shoes that hurt their feet; are you one of them? If so, do something about it. Use these tips to soothe your painful feet and visit clinics like Collier Podiatry PA to learn more about the underlying causes to prevent it in the future.