Problems and Treatments continued...
is caused by overuse, heat, or certain medical
conditions. Elevate and ice feet to treat. Cool feet down with Jergens' Cooling
Sensation Moisturizer, or massage with For Every Body Peppermint Foot Cream for
a tingling sensation.
is caused by sweat. Avoid by wearing white cotton socks
and spraying feet with deodorant. Johnson's Foot Soap leaves feet fresh and
odor free. Prairie Rose Footsie-Tootsie Powder helps keep them dry and
Throbbing and aching
are caused by standing too long,
uncomfortable shoes, or medical problems. Treat by soaking feet in an herbal
footbath (see below), massaging, and elevating. Try wearing Loofah Loafers
around the house. These special slippers increase circulation, stimulate nerve
endings, massage muscles, and exfoliate. Terry cloth Aroma*Souls slippers, with
floral detail, have natural loofah insoles infused with essential oils to
soothe or freshen feet.
is caused by overusing generally underused muscles,
kneeling for long periods of time—which reduces circulation to feet—or by
dehydration, which throws off electrolyte balances. To treat, stop what you are
doing, massage, walk it off, and rehydrate.
Laura Aho of the Reflexology Association of American recommends these
self-help moves. Place your thumb or finger on the following locations and use
an alternating press and release technique to stimulate the reflexes of the
If you find your shoulder tight, place the corresponding leg across the
opposite thigh and reach for your foot. Work the ridge across the foot just
under the toes.
If your neck is tight, work the big toe and the shaft of all toes.
If you find tension and discomfort developing in your back, work the medial
(inside) aspect of the foot from the big toe down to the back of the heel. The
toe areas represent the cervical area; the medial aspect of the heel represents
the lower back; and the thoracic area is represented in between.
Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar suggests this recipe in her book Family
Herbal (Storey, 2001).
2 parts lavender
1 part hops
1 part sage
1⁄2 part rosemary
A few drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
Place the herbs in a large pot and fill with water. Cover tightly and bring
to a low simmer. Simmer over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour some into a
large basin and adjust the temperature with cold water. It is important to keep
the footbath water very hot—enough to be almost uncomfortable but without
burning the feet. Slowly immerse feet. Cover the basin with a thick towel to
keep the heat in. Refill the basin with hot herbal tea as it cools.