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Foot/Leg Fatigue

How can I treat and prevent foot and leg fatigue?

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To help soothe your feet and legs, try soaking your feet in warm water and Epsom salts, or a commercial foot soak. This can sometimes help to alleviate some of the soreness.

Treatment methods for achy, tired feet and legs can also include insoles and orthotics prescribed by healthcare professionals, which can help to realign and cushion your feet. Shock-absorbing insoles can also help to cushion shock, which can help alleviate some arch pain and ball of foot pain.

It is important to make sure that the shoe insert does not cause too much rubbing or pressure between the top of your shoe and your foot, in order to prevent blisters.

Minor leg and foot pain can also often respond to a combination of rest, icing the area for 15-20 minutes, 3 times per day, elevating your leg, and use of over-the-counter pain relievers.

Leg exercises can also sometimes help alleviate soreness by strengthening your muscles if the pain is a result of muscular weakness. Flexibility exercises can also help alleviate and prevent pain:

  • Calf stretch:

    Standing in front of a wall, lean forward with one foot in front of the other, toes facing forwards and feet hip distance apart. Place your hands on the wall and try to straighten your back leg, reaching your heel towards the floor. Keep your front leg bent and hold for 15-30 seconds. Switch feet and repeat.

  • Heel drop:

    This exercise may help prevent shin splints, which can cause your lower legs to ache. Standing with your toes up on the edge of a step, shift your weight to your left leg. Lift your right leg off the step and slowly lower your left heel back down to the ground. Return to your starting position and repeat for the opposite leg.

For leg and foot cramps, try stretching the muscle and holding the stretch until the cramp passes. Heat can help alleviate tight or tense muscles. To prevent future cramps, practice flexibility exercises regularly, especially before and after physical exercise.

If you suspect your foot and leg fatigue may be the result of a medical condition, or if self-care is not helping to alleviate your symptoms, you should consult your doctor. They will be able to help you determine if your problem is simply tired feet and legs, or if it is connected to a larger medical condition.