Working on your feet all day can lead to some significant pain all over your body. Your feet are your foundation and must be properly cared for to avoid additional injuries. We’ve put together 5 tips to help you get rid of foot pain associated with standing all day. We hope these tips offer you some level of comfort.
Invest in Quality Shoes
No matter what you do for work if you are on your feet all day you have to spend the money to get quality shoes to protect your feet. There is definitely something to be said for the idea that ‘the shoes make the man’. If you spend the time to find a great shoe that supports you throughout your day, your feet will thank you for it. Look for shoes that are designed for your industry, a great example are these work boots for people standing on concrete all day, one of the hardest treatment on feet.
You may be surprised to find that just including a few simple stretches throughout your day and when you get home can work wonders for your feet, and really your entire body. Here are a few great stretches to help alleviate some of the common issues with foot pain.
- Stretch the sole by standing on the edge of a step and relaxing your ankles. You can do this easy stretch one foot at a time or together. Depending on the type of shoes you wear during the day you may be able to get a little stretch with them on. For the best stretch, take your shoes off, but make sure to do the stretch safely.
- The Runner’s Stretch is a great stretch for the lower legs and feet. Start facing a wall, step backward with one leg pushing your heel against the floor as far as you can. For a better stretch, move your foot backward farther. Repeat on each side.
- Walking can actually stretch the muscles of the feet and increase circulation. Individuals that stand in one place for long periods of time should move whenever possible. When walking to stretch focus on getting a full range of motion along the length of the foot. Heel to toe is the mantra to keep in mind. Focus on your movement to avoid any side to side motion that may be causing added stress on your feet.
Socks have come a long way from the plain tube socks and hose that our parents had to wear. People that fight foot pain have several options available for socks that can help. There are compression socks, walking socks, socks with extra padding, and the list goes on. For individuals that need some extra heel padding, you may want to check out the full review of SockShop Beautyfeet. Another great sock review covers the 1000 Mile Fusion Walking Socks with added arch support, so be sure to check that one out too.
Epsom salt is a truly miraculous product that has several uses. One of the best is as a foot (or whole-body) soak. Combining a ½ cup of Epsom salt into a foot bath or small tub of warm water provides relief to even the achiest feet. Epsom salt has natural anti-inflammatory properties that help to relax the muscles in the feet. For best results, soak your feet for 20-30 minutes and follow up with a good foot cream to keep your muscles loose and the skin hydrated.
In addition to using Epsom salt alone, you can add some essential oils for even more relaxation and relief. Here are the most common essential oils used in foot care and what they provide:
- Peppermint oil provides a cooling sensation that will provide some anti-inflammatory properties. Peppermint oil is also a scent that will help relax the mind right along with your feet.
- Eucalyptus oil is another great option to cool and relieve tired achy feet. Additionally, eucalyptus oil is a mild analgesic, which will help combat pain, and effectively treats athlete’s foot.
Perhaps the best thing you can do for your feet gives them a bit of tender loving care. Whether you massage your feet yourself or are lucky enough to have a partner willing to do it. A great foot massage will not only help relieve pain, but increase blood circulation, soften the skin of the feet, and allow you to relax a bit more.
If you have trouble reaching your feet and do not have anyone willing to massage your feet, you do not have to do without. There are massaging tools available specifically designed to massage your feet by yourself. These often resemble a spiky ball, so guess what? If you have nothing else, a tennis ball works wonders. Simply roll the ball back and forth and in a circular motion with your feet. You can regulate the amount of pressure for comfort, and there is little risk of injury since this can be easily done while sitting.
Sometimes you can alleviate some or even all of your foot pain by correcting your posture. If you spend the majority of your day standing in one place, concentrate on pulling your navel toward your spine and keeping your shoulders back. For those that are on the move, pay attention to how you walk, avoid rolling your feet in or out as you walk and keeping your feet facing forward. You may be surprised at the impact your posture can have on your whole body.
Now you have 5 (well 6) tips to help reduce, alleviate, and even prevent foot pain associated with being on your feet all day. We know that having a physically demanding job can take its toll on your entire body as well as your feet, so take a little time to care for yourself. If you can, get a professional foot massage, and some new quality shoes. In other words, treat yourself. Your feet will thank you for taking care of them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sophie Elise is a passionate cyclist, author, and blogger. She is very passionate about writing on different types of women’s bikes, accessories, health, fitness and more. She regularly writes on sportsly.net