How to walk with sore feet

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How to walk with sore feet
Walking in sandals is not recommended for sore feet. (foot image by Mat Hayward from

There are many causes of sore feet. Ingrown toenails, corns and calluses are common ailments that can cause soreness in the feet. Sore feet may also be related to joint issues or fallen arches. In order to walk with sore feet, it is necessary to determine the source of pain.

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Things you need

  • Epsom Salt
  • Foot Bath
  • Moisturiser
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Corn and Callus Pads
  • Arch Supports

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    Soak your feet. Walking with sore feet requires preparation. Take a foot bath or a basin and fill it with warm, soapy water. Put some Epsom salt in the water. Let your feet soak for 20 minutes. Refill your foot bath with hot water if it gets too cool. Soaking your feet will help you soften your corns and calluses. It can also help with those suffering from joint and arch pain.

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    Moisturise your feet. Rubbing a good moisturiser on your feet after soaking them can improve circulation. It will also help soften any dry, peeling or thickened areas of skin.

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    Get padded. If you have corns or calluses, consider using over-the-counter pads. The Mayo Clinic does not recommend using the medicated pads, as they can lead to infection. Using pads to cushion the area can help relieve the soreness. Pads can also ease the pain of an ingrown toenail.

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    Wear arch supports. These can be over-the counter brands, like gel arch supports. If you have a fallen arch, or if the soreness in your feet is located in the central area of the foot, it would be best to visit an orthopaedic supplier and get fitted for custom arch supports.

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    Wear comfortable walking shoes. No matter where you are going, if your feet are sore, you will need to wear walking shoes. Bring your formal shoes along, if they are necessary. Walking shoes can range from cross-trainers to sneakers. Getting fitted for a proper walking shoe is important for anyone suffering with sore feet. Breathable cotton socks in a medium thickness are best to wear with your walking shoes.

Tips and warnings

  • Finding the proper walking shoe is essential. Instead of just a regular pair of sneakers, consider purchasing a pair of running shoes. Cross-training shoes are perfect for both walking and running. They are made with shock absorbers and comfortable padding.
  • If you have diabetes -- or if you experience tingling in your feet or other symptoms that indicate poor circulation -- make an appointment to see your doctor. Sore feet may be a symptom of a pre-diabetic or diabetic condition.
  • Visit a podiatrist if your foot pain worsens.

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