Our feet are one of the most important components of our body. They’re the reason why we can walk, run, jump, and dance. Keeping them healthy should be an extremely high priority. However, there are many potential health problems that can affect our prized feet, such an bunions, blisters, ingrown toenails and even gout. If these complications do arise topical creams and pills can become extremely pricey. Thankfully, I have composed a list of inexpensive cures to combat any of these annoying- sometimes painful problems, before they become actual health issues.
- Fight Hammertoes with Easy Exercises
Hammertoes can be extremely painful, however, According to HealthCommunities.com, “Certain exercises such as moving and stretching your toe gently with your hands, and picking up small or soft objects such as marbles or towels can keep your toe joints flexible.”
Using ice packs to reduce swelling is also suggested.
- Listerine to Combat Foot Fungus
Top 10 Home Remedies writes that by soaking feet in Listerine for just 30 minutes you can significantly reduce the risk of foot fungus, as well as fight off what you may already have. “The mouthwash has several compounds as well as alcohol that act as a strong antiseptic to keep away harmful bacteria and fungi.”
White vinegar, apple-cider vinegar, and lemon juice are also great natural alternatives.
- Antiperspirant to Remove Unwanted Blisters
Who would have known to use what normally is to prevent B.O. on the backs of your heels? Dr. Jessica Wu writes to Everyday Health that because “foot blisters are worsened by moisture and friction,” rubbing antiperspirant on the area is great way to combat unwanted blisters.
Brewed green tea and a small application of aloe-vera are other at-home remedies as well.
- Use Red Pepper Juice to Eliminate of Bunions
Although it may sound odd to use red pepper on your feet FindHomeRemedy.com writes, “Red pepper is full of a substance called capsaicin that eliminates the nerves of the compounds that cause pain and discomfort.”
Using warm water and applying ice packs throughout the day may also help.
- Onion in Sock to Get Rid of Corns
Reader’s Digest suggests soaking a slice of white onion in white vinegar, and then applying the onion to the corn on your foot. A slice of bread dipped into apple cider vinegar is also another alternative.
- Vanish Heel Pain with Simple Stretches
Healthline writes, “While seated, roll your foot back and forth over a frozen water bottle, ice-cold can, or foam roller. Do this for one minute.”
These easy stretches can definitely alleviate pain as well giving the heel a deep tissue massage and doing calf stretches.
- Stop Soda Consumption to Prevent Gout
Say no to soda. According to Dr. Josh Axe, “A recent study showed that men who consumed two or more sugary drinks per day were 85 percent more likely to develop gout.” Lowering your sugar intake by eating cherries and strawberries when feeling a craving come on can combat inflammation.
- Fresh Garlic Treats Athlete’s Foot
As smelly as this solution may seem, The Global Healing Center writes “Make your feet stinkier by placing slices of fresh garlic, or some crushed garlic, between your toes and leaving them there for the day.” Dr. Andrew Weil also recommends giving your feet plenty of air, keeping your feet dry, and applying tea tree oil several times each day.
- Vick’s Vapor Rub Heals Ingrown Toenail Pain
HomeRemedyShop.com recommends applying Vicks VapoRub directly to the toenails. As painful as these ingrown toenails may seem, This menthol-based ointment is also believed to be an excellent remedy for curing ingrown toenails… It gives relief from chronic pain in the ingrown toenail, and also encourages its fast healing.” Epsom salt foot bath and apple cider vinegar rub are also other options.
- Get Rid of Dead Skin by Using Pumice Stone
This simple solution suggested by Livestrong.com, involves soaking your feet in water to soften the skin, and then scrubbing the dead skin with a pumice stone.
- Wear the Correct Shoes to Protect Your Feet
Selecting the proper footwear is extremely important to your overall health. Dr. Elizabeth Kurtz tells Everyday Health, “Shoes that are too tight can cause long-term foot problems.”
Choose a shoe that leaves plenty of room for the toe and heel.