Sore Feet


Sore Feet

Foot pain may be caused by many different diseases, deformities, biomechanical conditions, improper footwear, or injuries.
Infectious diseases, viruses, fungi, and bacteria can cause foot pain. Plantar warts on the bottom of the foot are caused by a virus and can cause irritation and pain. Athlete's foot, which is caused by a fungus, can lead to foot irritation and pain.
A common cause of foot pain is an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails occur when the edges of the nail grow through or into the skin, resulting in pain and often leading to infection. Patients with diabetes are more prone to infection since their immune system is compromised.
Many systemic diseases such as diabetes, lupus, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis can cause foot pain. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause painful inflammation in the joints of the foot, accompanied by alignment changes that lead to foot deformities.
Deformities, such as tarsal coalitions, calcaneal varus, calcaneal valgus, bunions, claw toes, mallet toes, hammertoes, and bone spurs, are common causes of foot pain.
Biomechanical abnormalities from muscle and tendon tightness or laxity, flat feet, or high arched feet often lead to muscle imbalances, deformities, and foot pain.
Trauma from an acute injury or from accumulative repetitive injury is a very common cause of foot pain, as well. An example of such an injury is Achilles tendonitis or rupture. The tendon can rupture from an acute, sudden injury or it can become inflamed (tendinitis) from repetitive insult to the structure. Injuries to the skin and internal structures may also be caused by small repetitive traumas or pressures.
Micro-trauma injuries can be caused by running on uneven surfaces or surfaces that are too hard or too soft, or by wearing shoes that have poor force-absorption qualities, are not activity-specific, or fit incorrectly.
Wearing shoes that are too tight or high heels can cause pain in the forefoot. Shoes that are tied too tightly can cause pain and bruise on the top of the foot. Improper, non-sport-specific shoes for running or cycling can lead to foot pain with activities.
Poorly fitting shoes in the short term can cause blisters, bruising, and be a source of an athlete's foot. The long-term effects of poorly fitting shoes may be bunions, corns, calluses, irritation of nerves and joints, and misalignment of the toes.
Morton's neuroma caused by the thickening of tissue around a nerve between the toes can cause toe numbness and pain and may also be aggravated by ill-fitting shoes as can many foot deformities such as hammertoes, mallet toes, and bunions.
Prep Time3 mins
Active Time30 mins
Problem: Pain Reduction, Soreness
Method: Soak
Keyword: Goat, Peppermint, Soak, Sore Feet
Yield: 1 Use
Author: Shabbazz


  • Foot Sized Container


  • 1/4 Cup Sea Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/8 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Mint Leaves Dried


  • in a gallon of warm water (not quiet boiling, the feet are more sensitive to heat) let steep and soak feet for 10-15 minutes


Pour out the solution when done and sterilize the container. Do not reuse or share used foot bath solutions.

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