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How To Relieve Foot Pain From Standing All Day

There are many occupations that require you to stand all day.

  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Teachers and Professors
  • Chefs and Kitchen Staff
  • Veterinarians
  • Physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Flight Attendants
  • Bartenders
  • Athletics Coaches
  • and many, many more

If your job keeps you on your feet for the majority of the day – you may know what it feels like to come home to painful feet.

So, whether you have sore feet from standing on concrete all day, or sore feet after your 12 hour shift – the bottom line is you are experiencing foot pain at the end of your days.

There are many other problems that can be exasperated or caused by standing for too long but that will be for another article.

Right now – let’s discuss how to relieve your foot pain.

7 Tips To Relieve Foot Pain From Standing All Day

1) Fill a plastic water bottle with water and freeze it. To relieve the pain in your foot…

a) Sit down in a chair
b) Place the frozen water bottle on the floor
c) Roll the sole of your foot over it for 15 – 20 minutes

The cold reduces the inflammation in your muscles which in turn decreases your pain.

Rolling your foot over the bottle activates trigger points within the plantar muscles which in turn, helps to prevent muscle spasms in the foot which in turn reduces your pain.

2) Try soaking your feet in salt water.

3) Use a tennis ball to “self massage” your feet.

a) Remove your shoes
b) Place a tennis ball on the floor
c) While you’re standing – place your foot over the ball, press down and roll the ball.
d) Do this stretch for 10 minutes

4) Give yourself a foot massage by manually stretching your toes and foot muscles.

Of course, if you have someone who can do that for you, even better!

5) Wear proper shoes.

You may assume that wearing flat shoes would be the best but ideally, you should wear shoes with a heel that is higher than 1/4 inch and lower than 2 inches.

You also want to wear shoes that give you a good arch support.

You can look for generic arch supports at local drug stores but if you’re serious about relieving foot pain and taking care of your feet, you should consider Custom Foot Orthotics.

6) If possible – break up your workday by stretching whenever you can.

a) Sit down on a chair or the floor
b) Place your foot over the knee of your other leg
c) With your shoes removed (preferably) grab the toes of your foot and gradually pull
them towards you for 10 seconds.

d) Release for a second or two and then repeat for a total of 20 times.

e) Do the same thing for your other foot

7) If possible – break up your workday by taking “sitting breaks” and/or changing your position.

a) Store cashiers can put a foot stool at their stations and alternate putting one foot on the
stool throughout the day.
b) If the stool is tall enough, you can put your knee on the stool occasionally as well.

8) Taking an over the counter anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help to diminish your pain and inflammation.

Make sure to follow the directions on the bottle and DO NOT OVERUSE these types of medications.

In Conclusion

Most of us have to work and sometimes your job requires you to stand for long hours at a time. There’s not much we can do about that.

But we can take steps to reduce and sometimes eliminate our foot pain due to these types of conditions.

Follow these 7 steps and your feet will thank you. If not, then we urge you to visit your podiatrist to get the proper medical attention you need.