6 Simple Tips To Save Your Feet Hurt From Standing All Day
Many of the professionals and workers that make things easier for us usually work standing on their feet all day. Healthcare professionals, waiters, or teachers are part of the people whose feet suffer the most at the end of a day.
As a teacher and a mother of a baby girl, I know what is like to have others depending on your effort. Even when you feel absolutely tired and your feet are hurting really bad. That’s why I created this list of 6 simple tips to save your feet hurt from standing all day at work. Every tip on this article can be carried out at home, let’s start.
It is very common to put ice on an injury to numb the pain in a very quick and effective way. When you ice your feet, the temperature of the tissues is decreased. This produces a reduced blood flow, constricts the vessels, and relieves the inflammation. Icing your feet at home is very simple, here you have a couple of ideas.
- Immerse your foot in an ice water bucket, just big enough for your feet.
- Do this for up to 20 minutes and keep adding some more ice cubes. You can repeat the ice baths even 4 times a day, but remember not to do it for more than 20 minutes.
- Make sure not to let the ice be in direct contact with your skin. If at some point you feel a needless sensation, remove the ice immediately.
- Wet a towel with cold water. And squeeze it well until no more water comes out.
- Place the towel in a plastic bag and leave it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Take the towel out of the bag and use it to wrap up your foot. Or just place it in the sore area during 10-20 minutes.
2. Soak Feet
There are many soak feet recipes that are just great to pamper the skin of your feet. But there are also other recipes that work as an amazing home-made remedy for foot pain relief. And we want to share some of these easy recipes with our readers.
Epsom salt soaks are very effective because of the magnesium sulfate. This mineral lacks naturally on certain people. And it’s very common for professionals and workers who stand on their feet all day to have a decrease of this mineral as well. Soaking your feet in eEpsomsalt improves circulation and eases the pain.
- Add warm water (not hot) to your bathtub or a bowl.
- Add two cups of Epsom salt if you are using your bathtub. And just two teaspoons if it’s a bowl.
- Use your hand to dissolve the salt in the warm water.
- Soak your feet for 15 minutes.
Cayenne pepper relieves the pain in the muscles of your feet thanks to all the capsaicin that contains. Capsaicin is actually a big help for those who suffer from arthritis.
- Fill the half of a bucket with warm water.
- Take half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper into the bucket and help to dissolve it a little bit.
- Soak your feet for no more than 10 minutes. Dry your feet gently when finished.
3. Foot Massage
Foot massages are very ancient in history. They would help to pamper the beauty of the feet, and also had amazing healing properties. Now, this is one of the most practical ways to save your feet from the pain. Foot massages can unblock the blood stagnation after a long day of standing on your feet, and also work as stress-relievers for your toes, heels, and arches.
How to give yourself a foot massage?
Arch and Ball
– Sit on a comfortable chair.
– Place one of your feet on the other leg’s thigh.
– Get some essential oil. Some of the best for pain relief are mint, chamomile, and lavender. You could also use extra-virgin olive oil. (You can try mixing them!)
– Gently, start stroking the tips of your toes with the oil. Keep stroking like if your were trying to push your foot gently away from you. Do this until you reach the ankle.
– Use the heel of your hand and make pressure along the arch to the ball of your foot. Softly keep pushing away from yourself.
– Repeat 3-5 times.
– Press the knuckles of your hand against foot (pretend to be kneading a portion of dough).
– Softly, pull your toes back and fourth.
– Repeat 2-3 times.
4. Foot Ailments
If we are really interested in taking proper care of our feet, we definitely need to know what foot ailment we may have. Knowing the specific part of our foot that is in pain, we can start treating our problem in a more effective way.
It can happen when the toe is forced to be bend for a long time, producing a deformity. Most victims of toe pain are the people who tight up their toes too much. For example, women who wear high heels frequently. Once you start feeling pain when your toes touch each other, it’s time to start treating this ailment. Do yourself a favor, and try to wear shoes with a wider toe box more often. Try to limit the use of high heels as much as you can. If you still want to use them, look for those with a heel of no more than 5cm.
Arch and Heel Pain
This type of pain is usually caused by Plantar Fasciitis. Since the fascia supports the arch, it can produce a lot of pain if it’s not properly taking care of. There are several causes for this ailment. For example wearing the wrong shoes, standing on your feet too long, practicing excessive physical activity, or having flat feet. If you suffer from this ailment, we recommend you to ALWAYS relieve your feet when you get home. And finding the shoe that your foot needs. By doing these, you can prevent more serious problems in the future.
5. Proper Footwear
Finding the right shoes is not only about looking good and combining your outfit. We want our readers to keep in mind that the right shoe for your feet will certainly help you go through your day at work without too much pain.
-Check the soles of the shoe. They should be thick enough to protect your foot from any dangerous objects.
-Is the toe box wide enough for you? Keep in mind that your toes and the top of the foot can’t be under too much pressure. Especially if you work standing on your feet all day.
-Feel the interior of the shoe. Make sure there is nothing in there, that could irritate your foot.
-If you work standing on your feet all day you better not go for those flat shoes. When buying flat shoes, go for the ones that have a supportive sole.
–Know your feet! This is extremely important. Find out what type of arch do you have, how long your toes are, and what is the shape of your foot. It might sound weird. But the better you know your feet, the less they’re going to suffer.
6. Exercise Your Feet
Yes, exercise your feet. This tip is highly important since it will strengthen your feet and prevent future ailments. We included a short list of 3 simple exercises you can do at home.
Walking on your heels
- Walk on the heels of your feet.
- Perform this exercise barefoot.
- Do 8 sets of 15-20 seconds.
- Stand in front of a wall.
- Heels down, slowly rotate your back knee a little bit. Pretend as if your back knee were at 1 o’clock and you want to move it to 12 o’clock.
- Lean gently while you feel your upper calf stretching.
Hold for 25-30 seconds.
- Try picking up a pencil with your toes.
- Hold it while you count to 8.
- Do 10 sets, 2-3 times a day.
The best part about these tips is that they are so easy and quick. Yes, most of the time it’s very hard to take 10 or 15 minutes out of the day just for you and your feet. But trust me, it is possible.
And it is worth it.
If a full-time kindergarten teacher and baby’s mommy can pull it off, so can you. Now, did you enjoy our list? If you have any thoughts please leave a comment on the section below. And don’t hesitate about sharing the article if you liked it.
Remember that every professional, worker and mommy (everyone!) deserves having healthy and happy feet.