Nursing and standing might as well go hand-in-hand. As a nurse, you tend to be on the move all day! Long shifts at the hospital can take a toll on your feet. Check out these tips to help prevent and relieve your aching feet after or during a long day at work!
Tips During Work...
Wear Compression Socks or Compression Leggings
A well-known tip in the healthcare community is to wear compression garments. Not only do these products help with circulation and blood flow, but they also assist to fight swelling and soreness. During a long day at work, the relief of these symptoms can make all the difference.
Choose The Right Shoes
Since nurses are always on the go, it is crucial that your feet have the support that they need. Make sure that you choose shoes that are tight around the heel, with more room around the toes. It is important to have good arch support, and to remember to switch out your shoes every six months as they start to wear and tear.
Food Is Fuel
Did you know hydration and the right foods help to combat foot pain? Potassium rich foods and fluids are so important to implement during the time you are active. Dehydration can easily manifest as foot discomfort or body pain in general, so be sure to avoid this by eating and drinking properly throughout the day.
Use compression mats to help alleviate pain and tension in legs and feet. Make things easier on your joints and muscles by standing on a compression mat that allows your body to take a break and relax a little. These mats work to cushion tired feet and allow your body to have some relief from hard floors.
Tips After Work:
Foot Elevation Pillow / Foot Massagers
Finding a great elevation pillow or foot massager can be rejuvenating after a long shift. There are many different types of massagers to choose from, so you can decide which one is right for you and your specific needs. Foot elevation pillows are great for increasing blood flow and relaxing your body after a long day on the job.
Yes, foot yoga is real! Stretch your feet! If you think about it, your feet go through more than you give them credit for each and every day, after all, we are standing on them! Stretch them out and give them some attention, gratitude, and care.
Epsom Salt Soaks
Soaking in a salt bath can be amazing for your aches and pains. Relieve your joints and muscles with a relaxing and revitalizing Epsom salt bath.
We hope you find these foot care tips useful! At Saint Agnes, we strive to work as effectively and efficiently as we can to provide the best care for patients. We know that in order to properly care for others, we need to care for ourselves first.