toe pain

Treat Toe Pain Naturally

Whether it’s caused by arthritis, gout, a bunion, or simply stubbing it on that corner of the wall you always bump into, toe pain is aggravatingly painful. It’s difficult to treat and can be a sign of serious conditions! Keeping your feet and toes healthy is especially important if you have a disease like diabetes or heart disease because these can affect circulation into your feet and cause severe problems that could even result in foot loss!

How do I prevent toe pain?

  • Wear shoes that fit properly and don’t bruise the toes.
  • Make sure you pad your feet and toes with socks!
  • Be careful when clipping your toenails. Make sure you don’t give the nail any reason to curl inwards and begin to grow into the toe!

 

Tips for Buying Good Shoes

Most toe and foot pain problems are caused by ill-fitting shoes that rub against the nails or cause constant cramping in the foot which can disfigure the toes. Use these tips to buy good shoes that support the feet and encourage healthy toes.

  • Buy shoes when your feet are at their largest, such as the end of a work day.
  • Measure both feet and buy shoes that fit the largest foot.
  • Always make sure you can wiggle your toes.
  • Make sure your foot is comfortable at the widest part, but still secure.
  • Always try shoes on by walking around the store.
  • If a shoes is uncomfortable, then don’t buy it. Don’t assume it will “break in” over time.
  • Make sure the shoe is still comfortably loose with socks on if you’ll be wearing socks.
  • You should be able to fit exactly the with of your little finger between your heel and the back of the shoe.
  • If your heel slides in the shoe it’s not the right size.
  • Don’t buy shoes assuming they will “stretch” get shoes that fit now.

 

How can I treat toe pain?

  • Rest your feet as often as you can, especially if you’re on them all day.
  • Elevate your feet for 10-15 minutes whenever you can find a break.
  • Soak your feet in warm water with a couple tablespoons of epsom salts.
  • Ice your toes if they’re throbbing and swollen to help reduce pain and swelling.
  • If you have an ingrown toenail, soak the toe in an antiseptic bath.
  • Increase your vitamin B complex intake to help heal nerves that could be causing itching and burning or numbness.
  • If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar levels low.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Go barefoot to help avoid bunions!
  • Try barefoot shoes to help strengthen your toes and foot muscles.
  • Drink a glass of warm milk with a teaspoon of turmeric to help relieve pain.
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