Foot Pain Tips

Try Shoe Inserts

They can help with problems like flat feet and foot pain. They give extra support to different parts of your feet, like your heel, arch, or ball of the foot. You can get them over the counter. 

Find the Right Insert

For low arches or flat feet: Look for a product with arch support. For extra cushioning: Opt for a set of insoles. For extra padding in the heel: Try heel cups. To keep shoes from rubbing against your heels or toes: Use foot cushions.
 

Treat Minor Foot Pain at Home

Spend more time off your feet. Massage them to ease tension and aches. Wear shoe inserts. You can try over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication for pain, but be sure to follow the label directions. If over-the-counter inserts don’t give you enough support, your doctor may recommend prescription orthotics. They’ll be custom-made just for your feet and your particular foot condition.

Prevent Foot Pain

Your feet work hard for you, supporting you throughout the day. Proper footwear is your best defense against foot pain. Wear shoes that fit right. Replace them when the heels or soles get too worn. Choose the right shoes for any activity you're doing. Don't wear high heels every day, especially if you have pain in the balls of your feet. Excess weight puts added stress on your feet. Lose weight if you need to. Give yourself time to warm up and cool down when you exercise. Stop smoking. Try an over-the-counter insole or shoe insert that targets your particular problem.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on December 13, 2017

Sources

SOURCES:

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Heel Pain,” “Prescription Custom Orthotics and Shoe Inserts.”

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