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7 Tips to Soothe Sore Arches and Tired Feet July 20 2017

There's something so soothing about the end of the day. Coming home after a long, hard day of work and sitting down on the couch is one of life's simplest pleasures.

But for some, it can be the start of a whole other set of worries and troubles.

Whether you suffer from obesity, diabetes, or bad circulation, foot pain can be straight-up debilitating.

If you experience frequent foot pain, you know how much even the smallest movement can ruin your day. That's why it's important to treat yourself and take care of your feet like you would any other part of your body.

And treating sore arches doesn't need to be difficult or expensive, either.

Ready to learn more? Sit back, relax, and get ready to soothe those aching feet and sore arches. We're about to walk you through some of the easiest ways you can treat yourself (and your feet) after a long day.

7 Tips to Soothe Sore Arches and Tired Feet

1. Consider Investing in Better Shoes

If you're on your feet frequently, you'll need to take extra care of them. One of the best ways to do so is by investing in a better pair of shoes.

Studies show that the wrong shoe can not only increase foot pain but directly cause a whole slew of other problems. Believe it or not, not all feet are right for every type of shoe.

In fact, tons of people would benefit from a change. Most of us walk around with shoes that are either too cramped or don't allow for air circulation.

The wrong shoe can cause all sorts of problems from unsightly corns to fungal infections. You may even get collapsed arches if your shoes don't offer the right support!

Be sure to consult a podiatrist and see if you need specialized shoes to help soothe arches and aching feet.

2. Get Insoles

If you're not quite ready to invest in a new set of shoes yet, that's quite alright. You can still offset the difficulty of foot pain and cost of new shoes by investing in some insoles.

And here's the good news: they're available at nearly every big box retailer! No need to spend the extra money at a shoe store. You should be able to pick up insoles just around the corner from your home and for a low cost.

Many stores even have custom machines to detect the contours and shape of your feet to make a more accurate recommendation.

Your needs may differ from what's readily available at your neighborhood store.  Make sure you talk to a doctor and see if you can get custom insoles.

3. Soak Your Feet

We're not sure about you, but just the words 'foot soak' is enough to make us relax a bit. What better way to treat yourself at the end of the day than with a nice, relaxing soak?

All you need is a receptacle large enough for your feet, some water, and one of a few additions.

One of the most popular additions to a foot soak is Epsom salt. It's healing properties have been loved by professionals for decades, and for good reason.

Epsom salt is great for reducing any inflammation that may be caused by your sore arches. Just add half a cup to some warm water and feel the pain melt away.

You can also use a variety of household spices and oils such as lavender or tea tree oil for a quick fix. Your feet will smell fantastic and most long-lasting pain will fade away in just minutes.

4. Stretch Regularly

Of course, so far we've only detailed solutions for foot pain. Now let's look at an easy way to prevent it in the future.

Just like you stretch before jogging or working out, you should do the same with your feet. This increases circulation and blood flow and can counteract the negative aspects of shoes.

Best of all, you can do many of these stretches from the comfort of your favorite chair or couch.

Plant your feet on the ground, and bend your toes back toward your body. If you're feeling a bit of pain or soreness, that's alright, it's to be expected.

Now, lift your heels off the ground so that you really feel it in your toes. Repeat a few times every hour or so and you'll feel better in no time.

There's also the ever-popular foot roll, which is even easier. Lift your feet off the ground and roll the ball of your ankle in a circular motion. This gets the blood flowing to the entirety of your foot.

5. See a Specialist

We've briefly discussed the benefits of visiting your local podiatrist, but it can't be overstated.

You may have conditions that call for specialized care or even surgery. Don't be afraid to give your physician a call and see if you need a recommendation.

Don't let stubbornness be the cause of your sore arches and feet.

6. Get Up and Moving

One of the things your doctor will likely tell you is how important it is to stay active. No matter your age, we can all benefit from a bit of physical activity.

Think of ways to incorporate easy movement in your everyday life.

Perhaps there's a local park in your neighborhood you can take walks in on a regular basis. Or schedule time to get together with a friend and explore a new part of the city.

After a while, you'll notice that lingering soreness won't be such a bother.

7. Use a Bunion Sleeve

If it's bunions causing your aches and pains, be sure to check out the Bunion Sleeve. It's an easy, affordable tool that can make your life far easier and correct most simple foot problems.

The sleeve features breathable and flexible material and is extremely comfortable to wear.

Be sure to consult our size guide to see which Bunion Sleeve or product is best for you and your sore arches.

And if you're new to the site, be sure to use the code 'FirstTimer' for a special discount.

It's time to take better care of your feet!

Top 3 Bunion Remedies September 06 2016

Problems with our feet can cause drastic changes in everyday plans, schedule and common activities. Bunion is such a problem that can alter the whole day. As well this malady make our feet look ugly and the pain from it can be tremendous. Severe bunions are treated in the hospital, but those which are slighter can be easily treated in home conditions. The causes of bunions are tight high heeled shoes, genetic factors, nerve conditions and also abnormal condition of bone.

What is bunion and how to treat it without surgery? July 04 2016

A bunion is an unnatural deformation of the big toe’s base joint where it is attached to the foot. It is called the Hallux Valgus. If you have noticed that your big toe is headed towards other toes on the same foot it is the first sign of the bunion. The cause of this problem is not so obvious in the majority of cases. The bunion can evoke the strain and that’s why a person can have extreme pain or the inflammation. Because a bunion is situated on a joint, where the toe is bended during a walk your body’s weight is put on the bunion at every move. Bunions develop slowly. The problem can happen with anyone, but most frequently it happens to women. Many women tend to wear tight and narrow shoes that compress the toes, what gives a good soil for the appearing of the bunion. In most cases the pain disappears if wider shoes are worn, or other measures are taken to reduce the pressure.

Here are the symptoms of the bunion:

  • A swollen bump on the outside side of the foot
  • The shape of your foot looks different and the searching for shoes becomes challenging
  • Aching sore skin at the top of the hump
  • Hard, red skin of your big toe and second toe, because they overlapped
  • Wearing shoes causes the swelling and pain

 Symptoms can get worse if you are not visiting a doctor. During the visit you’ll be asked about the symptoms.

All bunions aren’t constant as they can be removed surgically. But there are some methods which can help you to stop bunion’s progression and make you feel more comfortable.

Here are several approaches which you can use treat it without surgery:

  • Maintain your normal weight
  • Message or do some motion exercises, they are really effective and can help you to restrain your muscles and relax, heading toes to the right side
  • Wear wide shoes which allow your toes move, and help to reverse the damage
  • Use splints for bunions, they can help you to make you feel better. They should be used for two weeks, they are worth of using as they will make the correction of the deformation. The point is the relieving of the pain.
  • Take rest during the day, don’t spend the whole day standing. Take every chance to sit down, put off your shoes and try to relax
  • Take anti – inflammatory pills, such as ibuprofen or naproxen. These medications will make you feel better removing the pain and inflammation. Doctor can give you a prescription if more severe measures are needed.
  • Buy and wear warm socks, Whirl pool, ice pack
  • Use natural remedies which will relieve the pain: 
    Hot water compress
    Salt baths. Add two spoons of salt into warm water; keep your feet in the water for 20 minutes Lavender oil. Make a massage with this oil before going to sleep.

 Treating bunions in home conditions is not as hard as it can seem. Just follow simple recommendations, consult your doctor constantly, treat your feet with care, and don’t self-medicate. If you see that the pain doesn’t go away - consult your doctor about surgery. 

How to train for a fun run with a bunion May 16 2016

Fun? Run? Surely those words don’t go together right? Yup, they sure do, and if you’ve got a fun run coming up, you’ll want to make sure you’re well trained ahead of time, so you’re able to complete without wheezing your lungs out. Training for a fun run doesn’t need to be hard, and can actually be quite rewarding when you stop listening to the naysayers. So stay tuned, as you’ll learn what it takes in order to train for a fun run, that’ll have you competing to be the next Mo Farah.

Home remedies for painful bunions May 14 2016

Living with a painful bunion can not only be an agonising experience, but it can hinder your work and social life, too. With such a heavy burden on your day to day life, it is important to treat bunions as soon as possible.  If knowing how to treat bunions and minimising pain sounds good to you, then read on for some home remedies.

Solutions to running with a bunion… October 31 2014

Many people in Australia have at least one bunion, and thousands of those people are runners. Those of us with bunions know how painful it can be to walk, let alone run. But walking and running can be both possible and painless.

Runners with bunions have a tendency to over-pronate, so it is essential to have your feet properly assessed and find a running shoe that is both wide enough to accommodate the bunion and stable enough to support the instep.

Pronation is how a runner's foot rolls laterally between footfall and toe-off. Under-pronation is when the foot rolls outwards, over-pronation is when it rolls inwards, and a neutral pattern is when little rolling occurs.

Matching a shoe's properties with your running style will increase comfort, running efficiency, and contribute to decreasing the risk of injury.

Solutions to running with a bunion…

ASICS’ GEL-3000 runners are specially engineered for women who suffer from bunions, providing ‘support for late-stage overpronators’ through special technologies and design. This shoe gives you extra support in the forefoot for improved comfort and added stability and it has an added bonus: the innovative bunion window reduces irritation on your big toe.

The sole of this shoe is 2mm wider than the standard ASICS sole, which gives you a wider foot platform for extra stability and Dynamic DuoMax gives you a more stable midsole that gives you a more efficient push-off.

At an average price of $230 it is an investment but any runner knows that investment in a good pair of running shoes is a must.

Solutions to running with a bunion…

For additional comfort, and to stop your bunion from getting worse, wear the Bunion Sleeve and stick to breathable, thin socks. 

Bunion? On your feet all day? How to protect your feet. March 20 2014

If you’re on your feet all day, there’s a chance that you could be at risk of causing yourself an injury. You might therefore want to look into what can be done in order to keep your feet safe, and free from any potential harm that could come to them. If you’re interested, there are in fact things that you can do to keep your feet protected, and free from any danger that could come to them, even if you do find that you’re constantly standing, and on the go.