Give your feet a break: how to revive tired, aching feet

After a long day of standing, walking, or wearing uncomfortable shoes, our feet often bear the brunt of our daily activities, leaving them feeling tired, sore, and in need of some TLC. Mine certainly do after a long day at a farmers' market! But there are plenty of ways to revive tired, aching feet and give them the relief they deserve. Let's explore some science-backed tips and remedies to help you put the spring back in your step.

Facts about feet: understanding the foundation

Did you know that each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments? Considering they support our entire body weight for most of us, they are pretty small. And on average, a person takes around 8,000 to 10,000 steps every day, putting considerable strain on our feet.

The power of a salt bath for tired feet

One of the best ways to revive tired, aching feet is by soaking them in a salt bath. Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, and Dead Sea salt are all excellent options to add to a foot bath, thanks to their high mineral content. These salts help relax muscles, reduce inflammation, and soothe soreness, providing much-needed relief for tired feet.

How to create a foot bath at home

There are lots of options when it comes to creating a home foot bath ranging in price from free-of-charge to around £100. Starting at the top end there are a variety of foot spas available to buy for use at home; they come with a variety of features including jets to create bubbles, rollers and brushes. At the opposite end of the scale, you could fill your bath with just enough water to cover your feet while you sit on the side. Other options include using any bowl big enough for your feet - a washing up bowl would do, or scour charity shops, antique stores or flea markets for commodes which are glazed and usually painted.

Find a bowl to create a foot spa in an antique shop

Benefits of essential oils for foot revival

Even better than a salt foot bath is one with essential oils to further enhance the rejuvenating effects on tired feet. Choose essential oils with reviving properties: black pepper essential oil has warming properties that promotes circulation and alleviates muscle stiffness, while marjoram offers analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits, making it ideal for relieving foot pain. Eucalyptus has cooling and refreshing properties that help soothe tired, overheated feet, while rosemary stimulates circulation and provides an invigorating boost. 

Optimal time to soak feet

For maximum benefit, aim to soak your feet for at least 15 to 20 minutes. This allows the salts and essential oils to penetrate the skin, relax muscles, and gives you enough time to relax. For an added touch of luxury, why not dim the lights, light a candle, play soothing music, listen to a guided meditation or carry out a relaxing breathwork exercise or enjoy a cup of herbal tea while you soak.

Additional tips for foot relief

In addition to essential oil salt baths, there are several other measures you can take to revive tired, aching feet. Elevating your feet, massaging them with a soothing foot cream or oil, and practicing gentle stretching exercises can all help alleviate discomfort and promote relaxation.

Yoga for feet

Check out this Yoga With Adrienne video which is 30 minutes of yoga for feet!

Conclusion: treat Your feet with tender loving care

So, when your feet are feeling tired and sore, it's essential to give them the attention they deserve. By incorporating salt baths with essential oils into your routine and practicing self-care techniques, you can revive tired, aching feet and restore comfort and vitality. So go ahead, kick off your shoes, and give your feet the pampering they need – they'll thank you for it!