A good pair of nursing shoes can have a huge impact on how comfortable you feel as you work throughout the day, however it is also important to think about proper foot care, foot care accessories and improving your health as a way to ensure you’ll remain comfortable as you spend hours walking around on your feet.
Investing in items such as premium insoles and compression socks, taking regular breaks to reduce pressure on your body, exercising regularly and seeing a foot specialist for more serious medical issues are all great ways to ensure you’ll be able to make the most out of your days and maintain your foot health over the long run.
The rest of this article will focus on ways to improve your foot health and provide you with advice on how to choose a good pair of comfortable nursing shoes.
So without further a due here are 7 tips you can use to improve your foot comfort and reduce stress throughout your long work days.
Invest in a good pair of premium insoles
Insoles are an extremely important part of your shoe as they make direct contact with the soles of your feet and provide them with cushion and arch support. If you find yourself constantly feeling uncomfortable with the soles of your feet, or if you walk on very hard surfaces premium insoles could significantly improve your comfort and reduce stress by absorbing some of the impact you receive every time you take a step.
When buying insoles determine what your problem is and decide whether a arch support insole, gel insole, plantar fascitis insole or running/sport insole is best for you. If you aren’t sure then ask a foot specialist to help you out.
Think about buying high quality compression socks
Compression socks are a great way to improve blood-flow throughout the legs and add support to your feet, ankles and calf’s. A good pair of compression socks will help reduce swelling and potentially speed up recovery from certain physical ailments.
They also add a layer of protection to the feet and legs and help keep them warm when working in cold environments. When purchasing a pair of compression socks make sure you look at the compression level of the socks to avoid buying ones that are too tight in order to prevent poor circulation, and be sure to ask a doctor if you are unsure of which ones to buy.
Take regular breaks
Getting off of your feet and taking breaks regularly can help you take some of the pressure off of your legs, joints, ankles and feet. Even sitting down for a few minutes each hour can improve your situation and comfort drastically.
While working non stop may make you feel like you’re getting things done faster it can have a big impact on your foot, leg and back health, which will actually slow you down over time and make working effectively and efficiently more difficult. You don’t have to sit down for long, but you should give your feet and back regular breaks to recover and relax.
Soak soar or blistered feet
Soaking your feet can help reduce blisters and swelling as well as improve blood circulation. In fact the practice of soaking ones feet has existed for centuries as a natural remedy against everything from foot fungus, blisters and corns to muscle soothing and foot/skin hydration.
Take some time to research natural remedies for soaked feet to help you get some ideas on how to properly treat your feet and relax. Commonly people use essential oils and Epson salts in hot water to get the results, but even without additives you can use hot water to help soothe your feet and reduce certain ailments.
Get your feet checked out by a podiatrist
Going to a podiatrist or foot specialist can greatly improve your foot health if you are dealing with a particular medical ailment or abnormal foot discomfort. A podiatrist can properly measure your feet and determine if there are any abnormalities that could create issues when wearing regular shoes.
They are also able to determine your foots arch and identify whether you have a narrow, regular or wide foot in order to give you a proper shoe recommendation for your foot type.
Take stretching and exercising seriously
Stretching and getting regular exercise will help you improve the primary and supportive muscles throughout your body, which can improve your form and posture, and lead to less injuries and/or medical problems. Taking exercise and health seriously can also improve your bone strength and lead to many other benefits throughout your life.
While exercise may be easily overlooked by some it is an essential part of living a healthy and active life. If you don’t take proper care of your body you’ll slowly begin to notice your health decline and you may have more difficulty completing tasks you once considered easy.
Pro tip: If you find yourself dealing with an uncomfortable arch in your shoes think about buying gel arch inserts as a way to close the gap and improve comfort; Just make sure that it is o.k. with your podiatrist or foot specialist to avoid causing potential harm to your foot.