Left untreated, gout attacks come over and over again until they harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues.
Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood, which accumulates into crystals in the joint. People who are overweight, drink too much alcohol, eat too much meat and fish, and take diuretics regularly are at a higher risk.
During a gout attack, rest the affected joint, ice and elevate it, and take anti-inflammatory foods. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water to flush out the excess uric acid (10).
8. Achilles Tendinitis
Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendon caused by injury or overuse. It can occur anywhere in the body. Achilles Tendinitis affects the tendon that joins your calf muscles to your heel bone.
To heal it naturally, rest immediately and avoid exercise for at least a week or until the inflammation and pain subside. It’s also important to stretch before exercising and avoid wearing high heels and ill-fitting shoes (11).
Bunions are a common condition caused by genetics or by lifestyle factors such as wearing small shoes or high heels. It’s characterized by a bony bulge on the side of your foot, near the joint of your big toe. They can also occur near your pinky toe (12).
Bunions can be stopped in their tracks through massage and other remedies.
10. Ingrown Toenail
Ingrown toenails occur when edges or corners of the toenail grow into the skin next to the nail and break the skin. It’s most common on the big toe but can occur on any toe.
The condition is extremely painful, red, and swollen. Because of its location, it’s also very prone to infection (13).
It can be caused by injury, improperly cutting your toenails, or wearing tight shoes. Often times, an ingrown toenail can be remedied at home, it may require medical attention, especially if infection occurs.
Even if you aren’t affected by the conditions listed above, it’s a good idea to give your feet a little TLC every once in awhile.
Try soaking your feet in Epsom salt, warm water, and tea tree or peppermint oil after long hours of standing. Follow up with a nice foot massage before bed. It’s also very beneficial to invest in high-quality footwear.