Being on your feet for extended periods is a familiar story for health care workers. The effects are almost evident right away, in the form of soft tissue injuries, leading to problems such as low back pain, knee problems, swollen or painful feet, varicose veins, bunions, plantar fasciitis, stretched Achilles tendon, muscle soreness and fatigue, restricted blood flow, neck and shoulder stiffness, and poor posture, among others.
Nurses are trained on how to protect themselves from back pain, but there is little information provided on how to prevent or deal with foot pain. So, here are some tips to help you manage being on your feet all day:
Buy new shoes more often.
While proper shoe maintenance can keep them looking neat and clean for a couple of years, after six months of being on your feet constantly, the structural support that you need for your arch will start breaking down. With the attractive salary that comes with being a nurse, it shouldn’t be too difficult to invest in a new pair of shoes to help ease the pain on the job!
Manage your weight.
Being overweight is one of the factors that contribute to foot pain. When you have to stand all day, and walk on hard concrete floors, increasing your weight puts a considerable amount of pressure on your feet. Losing some pounds could make you more effective on your feet.
Wear the right shoes.
Many people think that flat sole shoes are the best for people who work on their feet, but they are not. On the contrary, health professionals suggest that your heel should be elevated by at least 0.25-inches. So, your work shows should give you good arch support to help reduce weakness and soreness in your feet and legs. If your shoes don’t offer enough support, you can buy arch support insoles from an athletic store or drug store.
Make sure your shoes fit.
Shows that are too small obstruct proper blood circulation in your feet, which not only makes standing and walking uncomfortable, but also makes you more prone to blisters. Certified foot surgeons claim that feet are naturally larger at the end of the day, so it is best to fit your shoes at this time. Buy a slightly larger shoe if you have to fit custom orthotics or arch supports.
When you stand or walk all day, your muscles will become painful and stiff. So, take some frequent breaks to relax, stretch, and lengthen tightened muscles.
Lastly, it is important that you take some time to help your feet recover from the day as you prepare for tomorrow at home. You can accomplish this by elevating your feet, massaging them, or icing them down.