What is causing the joint pain in your feet?
Several things can cause pain in your feet. The top reasons for joint pain in the feet are as follows:
- Improperly fitted shoes
- Diabetic nerve pain can cause stinging, burning, and throbbing sensations in the feet.
- Sprain and strain which can be caused by sports or shoes that fit improperly
- Cuboid syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis-inflammation of the band of the tissue connecting your heel bone to the base of your toes
- Fallen arches
- Metatarsalgia-inflammation in the ball of the foot
- Achilles tendinitis
- Torn ligaments
Joint Pain Relief for your Feet
Joint pain relief for your feet can be achieved by implementing several methods.
A well-balanced diet provides nutrients your body needs and can help reduce your weight if you have put on a few extra pounds.
Exercise promotes better circulation, strengthens muscles around joints, and helps with weight loss.
Below are two links to exercises for your feet:
Soaking your feet-soaking your feet in Epsom salt or with essential oils can provide relief from the pain of sore feet.
For sore feet, you can try several different options.
Peppermint offers a relaxed numbing feeling while promoting circulation and fighting fatigue. Lemongrass reduces swelling and inflammation and revitalizes tired feet. Sweet Marjoram gives a warming feeling and helps tired and sore muscles and joints.
Juniper Berry reduces pain and inflammation reduces fluid retention and has cleansing and detoxifying properties for the skin. Rosemary stimulates circulation and helps with aches and pains.
Lavender reduces inflammation and pain and relaxes tight muscles. Cyprus anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties reduce accumulated fluid in tissue and strengthen connective tissue. Lemon relieves fatigue and is purifying.
Essential Oils on Feet
You can rub the essential oils directly on your feet, or you can put the essential oils into a foot bath.
- To help drain excess fluid-mix ten drops juniper berry, ten drops of grapefruit, ten drops of rosemary, and two tablespoons olive oil. Deep massage a few drops on your feet and elevate them afterward.
- Swollen ankles and feet- mix ¼ cup Epsom salt, 10 drops grapefruit, and ten drops cypress. Fill your foot tub and while the water is running, add the Epsom salt. Once the tub is halfway full, add essential oils then soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes. You can do this several times a week. When you take your feet out and dry them, keep them elevated on a footstool or in a recliner.
Diabetic nerve pain in the feet
Diabetic nerve pain in feet is something you really can’t understand if you have never had it.
It is typically a shooting, stinging, burning pain in the feet or hands. People with diabetes are prone to this if they do not take care of their sugar levels and feet.
Check your feet daily, wear shoes that fit correctly, and diabetic socks, which offer more cushion than regular socks. Do no-impact exercise, consider orthotics that are fitted, and do not go barefoot.
Speak to your doctor as medications can work for diabetic nerve pain besides over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen.
Essential Oils for Swollen Feet
Essential oils can reduce swelling and relax tired, sore feet at the end of the day.
Some of the essential oils you can use are
- Chamomile Oil massaged into the feet, and lower legs will reduce the swelling
- Lavender Oil-a few drops massaged with moderate pressure will reduce swelling
- Tea Tree Oil-massage with outward strokes, moving from the feet up towards the knees allows the trapped fluid to spread out
- Juniper Oil eases inflammation
- Fennel Oil reduces swelling when massaged in
- Geranium Oil can be put in a bath, foot bath, or massaged on
After you put the essential oil on, sit with your feet elevated on a stool or in a recliner-this will help keep the swelling down.
Preventative measures for joint pain in the feet
Prevention can help keep your feet pain free. Having proper shoes that fit well is a must. Exercise and stretch the joints in your feet and eat a balanced diet.
Keep your toenails trimmed so that they do not form ingrown toenails. If you need orthotics, visit a podiatrist and have them made to fit. If you play sports or hike, make sure that your shoes support your ankles.
Keep your weight under control, so you do not put undue stress on your feet or other joints. All in all, these preventative measures not only will reduce the risk of diabetes, but possibly arthritis as well.