After a lonnnnng 8 or 12 OR 16-hour shift, ugh your feet are killing you. I know the feeling. It might have something to do with standing up maybe 8 out of these 8-12-16 hours. It could also be due to moving constantly, or wearing inappropriate shoes while working.
I’ve seen senior nurses limping around my unit when I was working on a medical floor. Their gate were unsteady, they looked in a lot of pain. I couldn’t imagine the pain they were going through, being a new nurse on the unit. All I knew was that I was just starting and I was always feeling my feet burning in pain. It could have been as a result of bad posture, or walking for long periods of time without having the time to rest my feet. Or also from not wearing posture-friendly shoes. There are tons of reasons
I’ve seen nurses with varicose veins, edema in their lower limbs, and the list goes on and on.
Last year I had all the symptoms of a plantar fascitis. A stabbing heel pain. Sometimes the pain would get so bad, I had to miss some work days. I could not stand up for long periods of times. It subsided, but I had to take action first.
You may need to see a good podiatrist to take care of this problem. As for me, I take care of my legs and feet with these leg and foot pain relief tips:
- Compression stocks, and now they don’t have to be boring anymore, look at these ones. These may be deductible too.
- When your shift is done and you’re home, elevate your legs and feet up a wall. It decreases the edema in your lower limbs and improves circulation.
- Avoid flat shoes like the plague. Try wearing shoes that provide good support. Personally, Crocs are my faves! They are MY foot pain relief
shoes in and out of the hospital. Crocs are specially designed to relieve foot AND back pain. Some say they are not a healthy option, because most of them do not protect the heel part of our foot. All I can say is that I personally believe in their comfort, as they helped me get rid of my pain and make 12 hour shifts less daunting. But in the end, you want to find a shoe that provides good support and suits YOU.
- Foot Massagers are life! After a hard working day, your feet should get pampered a bit! I’ve recently tried this Wooden Roller-Type Foot Massager, and it felt like heaven after a busy 12-hour shift. This one is made of wood, so I always use it with socks (easier to clean up too). It has two operating modes: the acupressure and the kneading modes. The acupressure (the one I like the most) uses principles of reflexology to target those pressure points and provide great foot pain relief. The kneading mode works by gently pressing your feet on the roller and roll them in opposite direction. I really feel like this tool has improved the circulation in my feet: I get less restless leg cramps and feel some tiny tingling sensation going up along my legs while using it. I also like the fact that it’s arched, so it really fits with my “feet curves.”I typically will use it twice a week, usually after 12-hour shifts, for about 5 minutes. Although my pain is very minimal when I wear my Crocs, I really enjoy the sensation this product gives me. It’s one of the great foot pain relief products there are out there. A lot of people with plantar fascitis have experience reduction in foot pain while using this simple yet effective product. And from my personal experience, I’d definitely recommend it to anyone trying to find a great foot pain relief product.
*I’m not a doctor. Just a nurse who’s sharing what she has tried to get rid of her own aches and pain. These products have worked for me, they may not work for you.