Magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt)
Epsom salt baths are a traditional remedy for foot pain. In fact, if the rest of your body is tired and achy as well, you may want to soak your entire body in an Epsom salt bath. Many athletes rely on Epsom salt baths to relieve the pain of sore muscles after a long, grueling workout.
Using a Hot Epsom Salt Bath to Ease Foot Pain
- Fill a small tub or basin with warm water.
- Add Epsom salts. Some people prefer to use just a couple of teaspoons of Epsom salts, while others prefer to use one part salt for every two parts water.
- Stir the salt and water until the salts dissolve.
- Soak your feet in the water for at least 20 minutes.
Why It Works
When you soak any part of your skin in an Epsom salt bath, the skin absorbs the Epsom salts, which are a natural anti-inflammatory. They reduce pain and inflammation.
People who have heart conditions, high blood pressure, or diabetes should consult their doctors before taking Epsom salt baths. For most people, though, Epsom salt baths are very safe and have no negative side effects.