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Wondering how to soothe sore feet? Whether you’ve been sightseeing all day, attending trade shows, or have spent a long day at an amusement park, these tips will help you feel better!
How to Soothe Sore Feet
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One of the fastest ways to ruin the trip of a lifetime is by wearing amazingly cute shoes that are oh-so uncomfortable. It may sound like anti-travel fashion, but the reality is that practical footwear trumps trends when it comes to travel. If you find yourself in discomfort at the end of a long sightseeing day, follow these achy feet remedies and tips on how to relieve sore feet on the go!
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Tips on How to Soothe Sore Feet While Traveling
How to Help Sore Feet with Compression Socks
Compression socks are designed to add pressure to your legs and feet in order to maintain blood flow and reduce any swelling or discomfort. Doctors often recommend them if you have varicose veins or a condition that causes poor blood flow, but they’re also great for anyone going on a long flight or whose feet hurt from walking all day.
One reader shares, “I wear them and I feel better, especially on long flights. They do feel a bit tight at times and I want to pull them off but I know they are good to have on. They are great for those who do not get up or move around much or sleep through flight or have high blood pressure or leg swelling.”
Another reader says, “I wear compression socks all the time after my runs and long hikes. They feel great as a recovery sock and when you take them off your legs will feel great.”
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How to Heal Sore Feet Using Hot and Cold Water
When you’re on the go, you can also use therapy socks like those shown above, which provide a compact gel ice treatment in one tidy product.
Another practical treatment may be your simplest solution for how to soothe sore feet. Get two bowls; one with cold water and one with hot water (make sure the heat is something you can tolerate). Dip your feet into each bowl for a two-minute period, then switch.
This footbath opens and closes your veins, allowing proper blood circulation and thus, relieving you of your sore feet. One reader says, “Go find a cold river or run an ice-cold bath and soak your feet. It helps with the swelling! I will warn you as someone who just started this practice last week, it’s gonna hurt (felt like a never-ending foot cramp but my foot wasn’t cramping) but it really does help!”
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Stretch Your Toes to Soothe Sore Feet
You’ve been walking all day through the streets in Buenos Aires, London, or Bangkok—it’s no wonder your feet are silently complaining! Heels, especially, can cause pain in the ligaments and tendons of your ankles, and you may need to soothe your sore feet from walking all day.
Take a seat and perform a gentle, two-minute stretch starting from the tip of your toes. Once you’re done, push your feet high up against a wall to get a full, long stretch. This practical trick works wonders if your feet hurt from walking.
One reader says, “I love using Yoga Toes for a deeper stretch!”
While another reader suggests, “Elevating your feet above your head at about a 30% angle at night. You can use a suitcase or something similar to prop your feet up on while you read or sleep. It allows the feet to heal better and reduces swelling.”
You can also use a tennis ball or small hard object to roll under your foot, if your feet hurt after walking. Make sure to get the sides and tops of your feet along the ankles. There are tiny muscles and fascia that tighten up and can be broken up and released with rolling pressure for foot pain relief.
Make sure to always pack a pair of comfortable shoes to avoid discomfort to begin with!
Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution
Epsom Salt Baths are One of the Best Remedies for Sore Feet
After the end of a long sightseeing day, many of us are left desperate for a cure for sore feet. The solution? Soak them in warm water!
Epsom salts are a relaxing scrub and portable for travel, too. Pack a some in a Ziploc bag and use it after a long day on your feet!
One reader says, “The reason Epsom salt works is the magnesium. If you are swelling at the end of the day, your electrolytes are out of whack. If you are walking more than your average and in a different climate (especially those people pounding their water) you are losing those natural salts. The water cannot do its job if you do not have the electrolytes. sodium (salt), magnesium, and potassium (eat your veggies) are important. This also helps with cramping and restless legs.”
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Four More Soaking Ideas for How to Soothe Sore Feet
In addition to Epsom salts, try adding essential oils or other moisturizing solutions to a warm bath to soothe soreness:
- Tea Tree Oil. Mix tea tree oil, lavender oil, and sandalwood oil in a bowl of water. The antiseptic property heals any blisters on the feet that may arise, and the antifungal content of tea tree oil will cure athlete’s foot.
- Lavender. This homemade foot bath contains a few drops of lavender oil in a bowl of water. The aroma gives you a refreshing feeling.
- Peppermint. Who doesn’t love the cool, minty feeling of this foot treatment? You’ll need essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, and chamomile for this bath. This mix heals your burning feet, giving you a refreshing effect due to the peppermint’s properties.
- Milk. You may be surprised that you can use milk as a sore foot from walking remedy, but this rich, creamy soak will give you a relaxing experience. Not only that; milk’s moisturizing properties will rejuvenate the skin and make your trotters look younger!
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How to Soothe Aching Feet with Moisturizer
One of our simple tips on how to soothe sore feet is to travel with lotion or moisturizer containing cocoa butter to help hydrate tired, worn-out feet. Apply foot balm containing beeswax or Argan oil; these oils make your feet feel smooth and supple after a trip. They are the best thing for sore feet!
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One TFG reader recommends Biofreeze pain relieving gel. She says to slather it on your feet, wrap them in towels, and then elevate them. Her mom suggested what to do for sore feet after a day of walking in New Orleans and her feet felt great the next day!
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How to Cure Sore Feet with a Good Foot Massage
Oriental medicine studies have developed natural ways of how to treat sore feet with reflexology, which makes use of pressure points that correspond to different parts of the body. A great massage will help lessen the pain in your feet and body.
Indulge mid-trip in a local treatment to treat your feet – the perfect pampering experience while traveling! You can also give yourself a foot massage using massage oil.
Looking for more tips on traveling in comfort? Check out our tips on how to alleviate back pain during flights!
Product Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Physix Gear Compression Socks||“I wear compression socks all the time after my runs and long hikes. They feel great as a recovery sock and when you take them off your legs will feel great.”||Check Price|
|NatraCure Cold Therapy Socks||When you’re on the go, you can also use therapy socks like those shown above, which provide a compact gel ice treatment in one tidy product.||Check Price|
|Toe Stretcher & Separator||“I love using Yoga Toes for a deeper stretch!”||Check Price|
|Dr Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution||Epsom salts are a relaxing scrub and portable for travel, too||Check Price|
|Botanic Hearth Essential Oils||In addition to Epsom salts, try adding essential oils or other moisturizing solutions to a warm bath to soothe soreness:||Check Price|
|AHAVA Mineral Foot Cream||One of our simple tips on how to soothe sore feet is to travel with lotion or moisturizer.||Check Price|
|Biofreeze pain relieving gel.||One TFG reader recommends Biofreeze pain relieving gel. She says to slather it on your feet, wrap them in towels, and then elevate them.||Check Price|
|Relief Arnica Massage Oil||Indulge mid-trip in a local treatment to treat your feet - the perfect pampering experience while traveling! You can also give yourself a foot massage using massage oil.||Check Price|
What are your tips on soothing sore feet? Share in the comments below!
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Roll a frozen water bottle under your arches. Soothes the feet if your shoes lack adequate arch support.
Hi Karen, this is a fantastic tip, thank you for sharing it with us!! 🙂
If feet or ankles swell from all the walking, elevate them. My fave is to lie on the bed backwards, and prop my (clean) feet on the wall behind the bed. Very relaxing, and helps reduce swelling almost immediately.
If you’ve ever had a broken ankle or serious knee injury, you know how these areas can swell from extensive walking (and also after too much sitting, such as long flights). This trick really helps!