3 natural approaches to healing your feet

July 29, 2015

Too tight, too high, too pointed — bad footwear is one of the main causes of foot problems. Thankfully, there are many traditional remedies that help to heal the souls of our feet. There's nothing better than a foot rub if you can find a friend or partner to give your aching feet a treat. But if there's no one around to rub your sore tootsies, here are easy, tried-and-true ways to relieve most foot ailments or discomforts.

3 natural approaches to healing your feet

1. Treating pain

  • Pour a little wine vinegar over a few slices of white bread in a bowl. Let stand for a few hours until it turns to mush.
  • Spread the mush onto the painful area, cover with a cloth and hold in place with a gauze bandage. Let it work overnight.
  • Repeat the application as many times as needed.

2. Treating and preventing blisters

Ouch! Blisters occur when the two top layers of skin rub against one another until they separate, producing a hollow which fills with watery liquid.

  • Prevent blisters from occurring by always wearing shoes with socks or stockings.
  • Going for a hike? Opt for two pairs of thin socks instead of one pair of thick ones. The pairs of socks will rub against each other instead of rubbing against your foot.
  • Before a long walk, rub some petroleum jelly into the sensitive skin of your feet.

3. Get rid of corns and calluses

Calluses sometimes develop over time where a shoe pinches your skin or crowds your toes together. Once the callus thickens and forms a hard core, it has turned into a corn.

  • Soften the callus with a foot-bath of chamomile or tea tree oil before a corn develops. Then rub it off carefully with a pumice stone or special corn file.
  • To soften calluses and corns, rub them daily with a little castor oil.
  • Place a fresh thin slice of onion on your corn and hold it in place with a gauze bandage until the core of the corn dissolves.
  • Take the pressure off. Put a piece of gauze between your toes to reduce friction, rubbing and to take pressure off the sore spot.
  • Use a corn patch for stubborn cases. Pharmacies offer patches containing salicylic acid that soften the corn, so it can be pulled off along with the patch.
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