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How to Soothe Swollen & Sore Feet

By Amanda Knaebel ; Updated August 14, 2017

Tired, aching feet can swell, leading to discomfort and hindered movement. Neglecting your feet can lead to further problems that may require the help of a doctor or podiatrist to correct. By taking care of your feet and soothing them when they're swollen and sore, you minimize the risk of future problems and stay aware of what's going on with your feet so you can spot potential problems early.

  1. Take an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, to help relieve inflammation and minimize pain.

  2. Soak your feet in warm water with 1/2 cup of Epsom salt for 10 minutes two to three times a week. The warm footbath helps relax your feet, while Epsom salt helps reduce inflammation and increase circulation.

  3. Remove dead skin and calluses from your feet with a pumice stone. Gently rub your moist feet with the stone several times a week.

  4. Apply lotion to the soles and tops of swollen and sore feet. The moisture of the lotion helps keep your skin supple. Lotions with a slight warming or cooling sensation can help provide further relief.

  5. Wear comfortable shoes with good arch supports and alternate which shoes you wear. Walking barefoot or wearing the same pair of shoes every day can contribute to pain and swelling. Purchase shoe inserts for additional support and comfort.

  6. Warnings

    Take all medications exactly as directed and ask your doctor before taking them if you have a pre-existing medical condition or if you take other medications. Talk to your doctor if you have chronic foot pain, particularly if you suffer from arthritis, gout, diabetes or any other condition that can affect your feet.

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