If tired and your feet ache at the end of the day, you are not alone. If standing until the evening, or wearing a new pair of shoes that are more aesthetic than functional, your feet may ache, but there are several solutions to alleviate pain. Often, aching feet are just tired from walking or standing during the day, but please note that pain is not normal and should not be ignored for a long time.
If your feet pain does not alleviate and continues for a long time, we recommend seeing a podiatrist.
Raise your feet
Lie down and put a pillow or two under your ankles and knees to raise your feet. When raised, it helps channel blood back from the feet to the body to alleviate the heavy feeling, swelling and discomfort in feet. This position stimulates natural circulation by reducing the impact of gravity. This method is very beneficial to people who have venous return problems as relief is almost immediate. But please remember that your feet should be higher than your heart for this method to work.
Another alternative that does not require lying down is Pulsaar Active circulation socks that stimulate circulation in feet, allowing blood to flow faster and easier, and ensuring the circulatory effect can also be enjoyed on the road, e.g. during long drives or flights.
Move your feet
Moving your feet in a small circular motion improves circulation and micro-circulation. To diversify the movement, try drawing letters with your feet. This improves foot coordination of your feet and well-being. This effect can be further enhanced if you also follow the previous recommendation, i.e., raise your feet.
Stretching with a towel
We recommend doing so in the morning before the feet are tired, to easily prepare for the coming day. You need a towel and a surface to sit and stretch your leg. Sit down, straighten one leg, and bend the other knee in front of you by resting the foot on the ground. Now, take a towel, put it against the ball of the foot and stretch. When you feel the Achilles tendon and calf muscles stretch, maintain this position for 30 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times for each foot.
Stretching calf muscles
We recommend doing this in the evening after a difficult day when your feet are tired. Stand approximately 20 cm from the wall, keep one foot in place and with the other, take half a step back (30-40 cm) keeping the foot close to the floor so that the leg is straight. Keep the hips straight against the wall, bend the front leg and feel the calf muscle stretching. Stretch for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times.
Salt bath for feet
Epsom salt baths for feet are now popular as they use salt with higher magnesium and sulphur content that helps to relax muscles and alleviate cramps.
Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to 3L of warm or hot water. Keep the feet in the bath for approximately 15-20 minutes. This bath restores the magnesium level in your body and alleviates leg muscle cramp (particularly efficient after running, sports or long work days), softens skin and prevents unpleasant odours. Recommended 2-3 times weekly in the evening before sleep.
Add this procedure to the above measures for pleasant and relaxing results.
Do you have suitable footwear?
Assessing whether your footwear is suitable is a very simple and efficient measure to alleviate the pain daily. Namely, whether the arch of the feet is supported, if the width is suitable, and if there is a supporting sole with low heel height. All these factors play an important role in determining your well-being while wearing the footwear. If you do not pay enough attention to what you buy, you can develop back, knee and foot pain.
One recommendation is to compare your current daily footwear that may not be as suitable as your most optimal footwear and decide which factors make this footwear so comfortable, then choose your next footwear based on these factors.
Pulsaar Active circulation-enhancing products
Pulsaar Active circulation socks are developed to help relieve feet from blood that has accumulated during the day. They are ideal for everyone as they are made with non-compressing rubber that does not limit circulation in the legs. Therefore, patients with diabetes mellitus and neuropathy can use them. Circulation socks improve general circulation in the feet and tendons around them to reduce swelling and fatigue and help ensure better tissue circulation, as well as mitigating the risk of injuries caused by sudden loading.
To find out more about the beneficial circulatory effect of these sock, see here.