I’m one of those people who love their feet and always ensure they are in the best shape possible.
The feet can be afflicted by a number of potential health problems – such as gout, blisters, bunions, and even ingrown toenails. Luckily, we have a number of home hacks for preventing those painful and annoying foot problems from afflicting us.
Below, an exclusive list has been provided and it covers natural ways of treating almost all potential foot problems.
It is the first time I have come across such tips. I have never known that I can keep away blisters by rubbing my heels with an antiperspirant. I liked all the methods since they are affordable and that means the pricey pills and creams can be avoided.
With these tips, I will not be frequenting the hospital unless it is necessary. These simple at-home methods is something I will be trying out on a regular basis whenever I experience any of the discussed problems.
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1. Use Listerine To Fight Nail Fungus
Listerine mouthwash, which kills bacteria and germs in the mouth, can also be used to treat toenail fungus. The mouthwash has several compounds as well as alcohol that act as a strong antiseptic to keep away harmful bacteria and fungi.
- Fill a small tub with Listerine mouthwash, or a combination of equal parts of Listerine and white vinegar.
- Soak the affected foot in this solution for about 30 minutes, and then scrub the infected toenail gently.
- Rinse it off and dry the affected area thoroughly.
- Repeat this remedy once or twice daily until the infection clears.
2. Battle Hammertoes With Simple Exercises
When toes are normal, they extend straight out and have a natural slight downward curvature. But when hammer toes develop, they’re bent at the middle joint; this generally occurs in the second, third or fourth toe. Hammer toes develop as a result of improper footwear in conjunction with the fact that the muscles in the toes can’t stretch out. One treatment option is specific exercises such as moving and stretching your toe gently with your hands, and picking up small or soft objects such as marbles or towels can keep your toe joints flexible.”
Using ice packs to reduce swelling and padding the “pointy top of the toe joint.” is also recommended by WebMD
3. Rub On Some Antiperspirant To Cure Blisters
Dr. Jessica Wu from Everyday Health says: ““Deodorant prevents odor. Antiperspirant, though, prevents moisture. So antiperspirants would work better at preventing foot blisters. This is a great idea, since foot blisters are worsened by moisture and friction.”
But if putting antiperspirant on your foot isn’t for you, there are plenty of other at-home remedies you can try, such as applying black tea on the affected area .
Even a simple application of aloe vera can help cut down on the swelling and pain.
4. Squeeze On Red Pepper Juice To Combat Bunions
While it might sound very strange, FindHomeRemedy.com writes, “Red pepper is full of a substance called capsaicin that eliminates the nerves of the compounds that cause pain and discomfort. Cut one red pepper into half and rub its juice directly on the bunion. Smear a little petroleum jelly on top of it and tie a thin clean cloth or gauze like a bandage.”
Dr. Andrew Weil also recommends alternating between soaking your feet in warm water and applying ice packs throughout the day. He even said that taking ginger and turmeric can help with “the inflammation and pain.”
5. Put An Onion In Your Sock To Eliminate Corns
Reader’s Digest suggests to pour white vinegar in a glass container over a slice of white onion. Leave the container in a warm place during the day, then cover the corn with the onion before you go to bed. Use a bandage or bandage tape to hold it in place while you sleep. If the corn is not soft enough to be removed in the morning, repeat the treatment nightly until it softens more.
The same can actually be done by dipping a slice of bread into some apple cider vinegar, and applying it directly to the corn.
6. Stop Heel Pain With Easy Stretches
There are quite a few simple stretches that you can try in order to battle your heel pain.
Healthline writes, “While seated, roll your foot back and forth over a frozen water bottle, ice-cold can, or foam roller. Do this for one minute.”
Experts also recommend stretching the calf as much and as often as possible, as well as giving yourself a deep-tissue massage in the heel.
7. Put Down The Soda To Prevent Gout
According to Dr. Josh Axe, “A recent study showed that men who consumed two or more sugary drinks per day were 85 percent more likely to develop gout.”
He recommends lowering your sugar intake, including sodas that are loaded with sugar or sweeteners.
Instead, he recommends eating cherries and strawberries every day “in order to combat the inflammation.”
8. Treat Athlete’s Foot With Fresh Garlic
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As bizarre as it might sound, the Global Healing Center suggests fresh garlic as just one way to fight athlete’s foot naturally.
They write, “Make your feet stinkier by placing slices of fresh garlic, or some crushed garlic, between your toes and leaving them there for the day.”
Dr. Andrew Weil also recommends giving your feet plenty of air, keeping your feet dry, and applying tea tree oil several times each day.
9. Apply Vicks VapoRub To Heal Ingrown Toenails
While ingrown nails can be quite painful, HomeRemedyShop.com recommends applying Vicks VapoRub directly to the toenails.
They write, “This menthol-based ointment is also believed to be an excellent remedy for curing ingrown toenails… It gives relief from chronic pain in the ingrown toenail, and also encourages its fast healing.”
Other easy home remedies include an Epsom salt foot bath or an apple cider vinegar rub.
10. Scrub With A Pumice Stone To Get Rid Of Dead Skin
Many people suffer from dry or dead skin around the back, side, and bottom of the feet.
Livestrong.com suggests soaking your feet in water to soften the skin, and then scrubbing the dead cells away with a pumice stone.
They write, “A pumice stone is a porous volcanic rock you can buy in the foot care section at drugstores and beauty supply stores.” After scrubbing, simply rinse away the dead skin.
11. Choose The Correct Footwear To Protect Your Feet Overall
One of the key elements to preventing nearly all potential foot problems is selecting the proper shoes.
Dr. Elizabeth Kurtz tells Everyday Health, “Shoes that are too tight can cause long-term foot problems.”
They suggest shoes that leave plenty of room for the toe and the heel, as cramping can lead to a variety of foot issues. Always pick a pair that gives you plenty of support and leaves you plenty of room.
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