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This post is for you nurses. We see you. On your feet at all hours of the night and day running back and forth to serve us when we need you the most. While we can’t offer you a chair or a break, we can help you take care of your feet.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your feet and legs from aching after a long shift.
Before work foot care
Foot hygiene.It’s easy to neglect our feet simply because so many things demand our attention. However, there are some simple ways to make sure you stay healthy from the bottom up. Wash and dry your feet completely every time you shower. Remove calluses with a foot file and cut the toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails. Treat yourself to a pedicure but let your nails breath for a few days between nail polish applications.
Pay attention to what you are eating.Diet affects the inflammation in your body, including your feet. Chronic allergies and specific foods can increase inflammation, causing intense heel pain known as plantar fasciitis. An article inEveryday Healthsuggests eating more omega-3 fats and green vegetables while eliminating refined and sugary foods to reduce the inflammation and pain in your feet. The article also discusses various other health conditions that are often diet-related, such as osteoporosis and diabetes, that can lead to foot and ankle problems. Also if you are a smoker, stop. It’s bad for circulation which directly affects the health of your feet.
Exercise your feet.No, I don’t mean to go for a walk. I mean pay close attention to the muscles in your feet and give them a good workout while sitting in a chair. You can do this in front of the television, reading a book, or eating breakfast. They are that easy. Here arenine foot exercises to try at homethat will build endurance, strength, and flexibility.
Think comfort. Not only are comfortable shoes important butcompression socks for nurses can also help. When you know you will be on your feet all day make sure you choose supportive, comfortable shoes and socks. Long periods of standing during a shift can lead to evening edema. Fluid pools in the ankles and calves. Gravity is not your friend however graduated compression socks are your friend and can help fight the force of gravity and get the blood pumping back up towards the heart where it's supposed to go. In addition to helping with inflammation, knee high compression socks can also helpprevent varicose veins.
Stretch.Your muscles get tired, including the ones in your feet. Throughout the day, take some time to do light stretches in your lower back, hamstrings, calves, and feet. Don’t tighten up. Sometimes your muscles just need a little extra stretch mid-shift. Your whole body will feel better for it.
Slip into something comfortable. Pamper your feet. Don’t kick off the shoes and walk around your hard-tiled house barefoot. Slip into soft slippers and keep rocking those comfy Crazy Compression socks to help with post-recovery.
Elevate your feet.Preferably on your partner’s lap, where a good foot rub is waiting.
Soak your toes. You can soak your feet in Epsom salt or tryhydrotherapy(rotating between very hot and very cold water) to stimulate circulation.
Enjoy your time off.Nothing heals better than simply loving the life you are living and finding moments of calm to recharge. Whatever that looks like for you, make the time. You’ve earned it and so have your feet.
Why compression socks are an important part of your uniform
Compression socks or Compression stockings as some people refer to them can help alleviate and prevent the discomfort that comes from being on your feet all day. During the day, your legs are getting a workout during your shift and lactic acid is building up in the muscles. Compression socks will help increase both blood flow and oxygen, increasing circulation and combatting soreness. Compression socks are the answer to reduce swelling and pain.
Your legs are working hard for you and you should show them the love they deserve. Pamper them a little by wrapping them in some high quality trendy compression socks that lasts the whole shift. An added bonus is that your legs will look and feel fantastic with all of the fun designs we have for them :-)