How to Soothe Sore Legs and Feet
A day spent hiking or in high heels are bound to leave your legs and feet feeling sore. This may prevent you from moving freely and even cause pain. Luckily, there are many easy ways to find relief. Give these six remedies a try the next time your limbs are swollen or aching.
- Take an Epsom salt bath
If your feet or legs are feeling tired, soak them for 15 to 20 minutes in a warm bath filled with Epsom salt. Epsom salt reduces fatigue by relaxing muscles and detoxifies the body. It can also be used to treat arthritis pain, bruises, sprains, sunburns, and more.
- Wear compression socks
Compression socks apply pressure to your ankles, legs, and feet to prevent fluid from gathering. This helps improve blood flow, minimize swelling, and alleviate discomfort.
- Try foot reflexology
This Traditional Chinese Medicine technique places varying degrees of pressure on specific areas of your feet. These areas are known as reflex points and correspond to all the organs, glands, and parts of your body. Applying correct stimulation to these reflex areas can clear energy blockages, enhance blood circulation, diminish pain, and more. Specific work on reflex points is integrated with relaxation techniques to create a soothing effect.
Stretching after an intense workout alleviates soreness by increasing blood flow, which sends more nutrients to your muscles. Try a straight-leg stretch to loosen your calf muscles and hamstrings. Pick up small objects with your tows to relax them. Or, roll a tennis ball under your feet while seated to give your arches a gentle massage.
- Apply a heat pad or ice pack
Use a heat pad, hot water bottle, or hot towel and apply it to sore areas. The heat loosens fatigued muscles, increases blood flow, and eases pain. Ice or cold packs are great for soothing nerves and reducing inflammation.
- Elevate your legs
Take the stress off your legs and decrease swelling by propping them up on a chair for 15 to 20 minutes. For even more relief, practise yoga poses that keep your legs elevated or place them on a pillow when you go to bed.
If your legs and feet are hurting on a regular basis, it may signal a chronic condition like plantar fasciitis or shin splints. Physiotherapy can help you manage these conditions, enhance your mobility, and improve your quality of life. A no-obligation discovery visit with our physiotherapist, Reshma Mehta, is a great way to find out if physiotherapy is right for you. During your 15-minute session, Reshma will answer any questions, discuss your health concerns, and review treatment options.