New York City is known to be a fast paced city. You spend a great deal of time on your feet; whether its standing for your 30 minute commute in a packed subway car, spending your day on your feet because your job requires it, or walking long distances in shoes that might not have enough support. We deal with the pain because New Yorkers are tough, and frankly we are used to it.
However, as tough as you are, there are many simple ways you can relieve foot pain and reduce swelling without taking a bunch of pills.
Epson Salt Water Soak
Soaking your feet in cool salt water can help alleviate swelling and related pain. When your feet swell, there is a loss of magnesium. By applying the salts topically, your body absorbs the magnesium, which reduces the swelling. The cool water is also soothing for any foot pain.
Compression socks relieve swelling by squeezing your foot. This blocks fluid build up in your tissues, preventing swelling. There are various levels of compression socks; light, medium and heavy weight. It is best to start out with light, but always consult your doctor first.
Changing your diet
Removing processed carbohydrates from your daily intake, and eating more vegetables, fish and fruit will help reduce swelling. These foods have limited quantities of salt, which will help reduce fluid build-up in your feet.
Putting your feet up after a long day is not just a relaxation technique. It is known to help reduce swelling in your feet. When you spend many hours of your day on your feet, fluid builds up in your tissues. By elevating your feet, you allow the fluid to flow away from the affected area.
Occasionally you may want to treat your self to a massage. Not only does it relax and sooth any pain, but it helps reduce swelling by pushing fluid build up away from the affected area. We offer various forms of massage at James Fowler Physical Therapy, and if you are interested please give us a call to set up an appointment.