So many people have jobs that keep them on their feet all day. I have friends and family members that are nurses, and they often are on their feet for almost 12 hours at a time. By the end of their shift, their legs and feet can be killing them. Add to that, many experience the common foot pains, like plantar fasciitis, that go with being on their feet all day. If you are one of those people, here's five things you can do to help bring relief.
For those of us who wear compression socks at times, there is no mistake that you can actually feel your legs get energized as you get off your feet and wear them. Yet, putting them on first thing in the morning will also really help keep oxygen to your legs and feet keeping them feeling fresher and not so exhausted by the end of the day.
- 1) Wear Compression Socks
Maybe your are like my wife. She is on her feet most of the day with her job, but in the past she liked to wear flats. She was never much into wearing heels to work. Then again, maybe that is you. Either way, both choices can wreak havoc on the feet and legs causing a lot of problems, especially as you age. It use to be hard to find some nice pair of shoes that looked professional enough to go to work, that still had great cushioning and protection for the feet. Nowadays, you can go to the mall, and find nice, comfortable, well-cushioned shoes and many of the different stores inside. Yes, you might spend more than $50 on the shoes, but again didn't you do that on that pair of heels that is ruining your feet? Trust me on this, and do yourself a favor. Male or female, always wear well cushioned shoes that help your feet and not hurt your feet.
- 2) Wear Comfortable Shoes with Cushioning
I cannot over emphasize how important stretching is, in helping your muscles repair themselves as well as keep yourself from getting hurt in the first place. Tight muscles in your calves or along the tissues along the bottom of your feet can get really tight, and pull on various parts of your legs and feet. Believe it or not, they are all intertwined. Tight calves for instance, might just be what is causing the plantar fasciitis in the first place. So stretch your muscles , just a few minutes a day, when you first get up in the morning, and before you go to bed at night.
- 3) Stretch Your Feet and Calves
I know, a dumb pun! But when you are in pain, our common thought is to go get the heating pad. Heat can actually add to the swelling, while the ice will numb it and make the inflammation start to go down. A simple solution to sore feet is to freeze a plastic water bottle, and roll it under the feet for 10 minutes or so, until you can feel the relief. If you are using a gel pack, I recommend placing it right up against the skin. Once you put a towel around it, you are barely getting the effects of the gel pack. You want it cold! Yes the first minute will feel uncomfortable, but after that, the numbing will start, and relief is soon on its way!
- 4) Ice, Ice, Baby
Although I am not saying to make this a part of your daily routine for the rest of your life, don't underestimate what this can do when you are experiencing pain. If you are like me, this is not always your first thought, so isn't always your first line of defense. But any anti-inflammatory can really help to reduce the swelling, so that healing can start taking place. Remember there are also many herbs that can have anti-inflammatory properties. These are also worth investigating to see which ones work best for you. Foot pain is no game! It is something to be quite serious about. Hopefully these five things will really help you find not only relief from your pain, but also progress your way to healing. As always, stay healthy so you can stay fit! Cheers, Drew
- 5) Take Some Ibuprofen
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