At the end of a day or period of standing around, hiking a long trail or even just driving a car for a long time, your feet can feel very sore and tired. Most foot pains and aches result from your muscles becoming imbalanced. Here are some suggestions for giving them a boost when you finally get to rest them.
- Lie face down on your bed in a darkened room. If it is possible, the room temperature should be comfortable for you.
- Put a pillow (head-size or smaller) under the insteps of your feet, so that your feet are supported by the pillow. It is important for your feet to be elevated in this position, as this helps relieve the tension.
- Rest like this for a minimum of 10 minutes. Up to half an hour would be preferable.
- Your feet should feel a lot better after doing this.
- For an extra boost of relaxation. If your feet are really tired, worn, and hurting, take a large bowl, or a small tub and fill it with warm to hot water (to your desire). Add some bath salts and add a few rose petals. Soak your feet while relaxing for 15-30 minutes. Then, dry your feet with a warm towel (put it in the dryer to make it comfortably warm) and apply the Natural Balance Tired Foot Gel. You will feel the difference immediately. Do this a few times a week to renew, refresh, and relax your hardworking feet.
- While watching TV, reading or any other sitting activity, roll a tennis ball, golf ball or rolling pin under your feet. Do this back and forth. This increases the flexibility in your muscles and joints and is a nice self-massage.
- It is also beneficial if someone can massage your feet but you can easily do this yourself. Just use simple strokes, imagining that you are pushing away the soreness.
- If your room temperature is too hot or too cold, try to make it more comfortable by removing excess clothing or covering yourself with a blanket etc. A quick shower before resting can help you to cool down or warm up also.
- If you have the time and inclination, you can also bathe your feet in a small bath of salt with a few drops of essential oil added. Suitable oils include eucalyptus, lavender, orange – anything uplifting and soothing at the same time.
- Exercise your toes by trying to pick up an object like a pencil or a rolled-up towel with your toes. Do both feet at once if possible.