While many cities may be designed to make it convenient and more efficient for individuals to travel by foot, this can often leave your feet feeling tired and worn out by the end of the day. From a relaxing foot soak to an invigorating massage, here are some of the best ways to soothe your “citified” feet.
Using ice on your feet will work wonders if your feet are swollen or inflamed, as the cold temperatures will temporarily numb the nerve endings in any painful areas. A regular ice pack will work well, but for some added relief, wrap some crushed ice in a thin cloth and, with a gentle circular motion, use this to massage any affected areas. However, only do this for a few minutes at a time, as holding ice on an area for over ten minutes can cause damage to the nerves and skin.
Soaking your feet in a mixture of warm water and Epsom salt is one of the most common ways to relieve any foot pain, as well as any swelling that may have developed over the course of a busy day in the city. Epsom salt contains magnesium, and when this is combined with heat, it helps the muscles to relax, providing instant relief. Simply mix a couple of tablespoons of Epsom salt into a tub of warm water and soak your feet in this for about ten to fifteen minutes. Be sure to wipe your feet thoroughly afterwards, otherwise, the salt will dry them out, and apply a layer of moisturizer to keep them hydrated.
A foot roller is designed specifically to massage the soles of the feet, and can provide a truly stimulating massage that relieves tension. It has been discovered that natural wood rollers work better than ones made from other materials, be it plastic, metal or glass, so be sure to use a wooden roller, in particular, one that contains grooves or ridges, in order to enjoy the best results. For an added perk, rub a massage or essential oil onto your feet before placing them over the roller, firmly rolling them back and forth for at least five to ten minutes each.
Acupuncture is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and involves inserting needles into various energy points within the skin. This releases a unique mixture of substances, including endorphins and serotonin, resulting in a significant reduction in pain. Acupuncture is practised by a wide range of professionals, from massage therapists to chiropractors to general physicians, making it easy to book yourself in for a session in just about any city around the world.
Rather than suffering in silence due to your “citified” feet, try one of these methods to provide some relief. Whether you grab an ice pack for some instant comfort or visit an acupuncturist for some longer lasting help, your feet will definitely thank you for the extra care and attention.