Overdone walking or running, or just spent too much time on your feet lately? Most people will experience achy feet at some point, which not only affects how you move, but can also affect your mood and can lead to more serious foot issues further down the line.
What are tired feet?
Tired, aching legs or feet can affect anyone. However, it is more likely to occur in people with flat or high-arched feet. People who regularly suffer with tired feet can have a poorer quality of life as their ability to move is restricted by discomfort and soreness.
What causes feet to feel tired?
Even though many people are genetically predisposed to tired feet, other causes include:
- Ill-fitting footwear.
- Being overweight.
- Being middle-aged, older or having other medical conditions.
- Being sporty.
Are there any genetic or lifestyle factors that play a part in this condition?
As mentioned, people with flat feet and high arches are more likely to suffer with tired feet. Flat feet are often inherited from parents, and the arch not forming properly in young age. Sore heels often develop from the over use/over stretching of the plantar fascia ligament that runs from the heel to the toes. Lifestyle choices such as bad footwear, being overweight, age and other medical conditions can also impact tired feet.
Top tips for avoiding and managing tired feet
You can ease the discomfort of flat feet and high arches by:
- Wearing well-fitted, supportive shoes.
- Wearing tailor-made insoles inside your shoes to support and cushion your feet.
- Losing weight if you’re overweight.
- Performing regular, gentle stretches and plantar fascia stretches can offer some relief. Circling the ankles, grabbing feet with both hands and bending the heel out, standing on a step and dipping and lifting heels over the edge all provide temporary relief.