SYMPTOMS—Tired, aching feet
CAUSES—Inadequate diet and rest, and being on the feet all day long.
TREATMENT HOME REMEDIES
- Improve the diet, get enough protein, calcium, and B vitamins. Stop eating junk food. It
- isn’t worth taking the time to chew and swallow.
- Lose that excess weight. It is hard on your feet.
- Elevate your feet when you come home at night. Then soak them in a basin of warm water, containing 1-2 tbsp. of Epsom salts. Rinse with clear, cool water.
- Sit on the edge of the bathtub and alternately run comfortably hot water over your feet, and then cold water, ending with the cold. (If you have diabetes, be careful about extremes in temperature.)
- Wrap some ice cubes in a wet washcloth and rub it over your feet and ankles for a few minutes.
- During the day, lift one foot and give it a good shake. Then lift the other and do likewise. Then relax and flex your toes up and down.
- When standing in one place, keep changing your stance; try to keep moving about. If possible, stand on a carpet or a rubber mat. Ask the boss if you can buy a rubber mat and lay it down on the floor in your work area.
- Remove your shoes, sit in a chair, and stretch your feet out. Then, below the ankle, move each foot in ten circles. Point your toes down and then up.
- Gently roll your foot over a golf ball, tennis ball, or rolling pin for a couple minutes.
- Scatter a few pencils on the floor and pick them up with your toes.
- For a terrific foot massage, toss a handful of beans in a moccasin-style shoe, and walk around the room on them.
- Always wear low shoes, and shoes which fasten firmly.
- In the evening, sit down and put on a pair of soft slippers.
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