Tendonitis of the foot is simply inflammation and irritation of those tendons. It is usually caused by constant and frequent strain on the foot, such as walking/standing all day at work, running frequently, etc. While a good pair of fitted shoes can help solve the problem sometimes, more often than not you will need some additional help.
Home Treatments for Foot Tendonitis
Below is a list of some of the most effective ways to treat foot tendonitis naturally.
1. Epsom Salt
An epsom salt soak is an age-old and effective remedy for swollen and painful muscles, joints, and tendons, thus making it effective for foot tendonitis as well. You can either mix ½ cup of Epsom salt into your warm bath water and soak the whole body, or just fill a small tub (large enough for your foot or feet) with about the same amount of salt along with warm water. You can also mix two tablespoons of Epsom salt into one cup of warm water; then, dip a washcloth into the mixture and apply to the foot.
2. Olive Oil
You may have never heard of this remedy before, but applying olive oil to a swollen area provides excellent relief, while also stimulating blood flow in the area. Simply heat a small amount of olive oil until just warmer than room temperature, and massage the warm oil into the foot. You can repeat this every day.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
It seems that apple cider vinegar is a good remedy for almost anything, and foot tendonitis is no exception. Add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink 2-3 times per day (you can add a small amount of honey if needed). Apple cider vinegar is effective because it reduces inflammation throughout the entire body.
4. Ice Pack
It sounds simple, and that’s because it is. Applying an ice pack to the area will help reduce swelling and inflammation, thus reducing the pressure around the tendons. Do NOT apply ice directly to the skin; instead, fill a bag with some ice, wrap a towel around the affected area, and then put the ice (or even a bag of frozen veggies) over the covered area. Try to leave the ice pack on for about 15 minutes.
5. Cayenne Pepper
Naturally rich in capsaicin, cayenne pepper is a well-known natural pain reliever, not to mention it has a warming effect which is very soothing. Combine two tablespoons of cayenne pepper in ½ cup of warm olive oil and apply the mixture to the feet; let it sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off. Do NOT use this remedy if you have any open wounds on or near your feet or hands.
Sage is another natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. For this remedy, you can simply boil some crushed (fresh) sage leaves in some apple cider vinegar for just a few minutes, then simmer for 4-6 minutes. Once the solution has cooled reasonably, dip a cloth in the sage solution and apply to the affected area for up to ten minutes. You can also drink a cup of sage tea to reduce inflammation from the inside.
As we all know, this vegetable tends to give a unique odor to your urine. What many don’t know, however, is that asparagus is a natural diuretic and helps to remove excess fluid from the body. This can help reduce inflammation and swelling throughout the body, including the feet. For best results, eat fresh or steamed asparagus on a regular basis to eliminate swelling and inflammation in the feet.
A popular herb for pain, inflammation, and stiffness, chickweed is very effective in treating foot tendonitis. You can make a paste out of chickweed and applying it directly to the feet; let sit for about 5 minutes then rinse with warm water. You can repeat this remedy two times per day. You can also make yourself a fresh cup of chickweed tea and drink that 2-3 times per day.
All of these remedies mentioned above are extremely effective in reducing inflammation in the body, particularly pain and inflammation associated with foot tendonitis. As they are all-natural, you can mix and match the solutions to find the right combination that works for you and provides the most relief from your foot tendonitis.