Top 5 tips to treat tired feet

Being a nurse often means being on your feet all day. It’s not uncommon for feet to feel achy and sore after a long day’s work. To give you a helping hand (or foot!) we’ve put together a handy guide to keep your feet in top condition, even after the most demanding and stressful days.

Soak

Achy feet can be a result of overstressed muscles due to excess activity and pressure. One of the best remedies for relaxing sore muscles is a foot bath! Soaking tired feet in a foamy basin of warm water and bubble bath. Try adding a handful of Epson salts to the water for a soothing effect that will relax the foot muscle and ease achy feet. If you fancy something a bit different, try replacing salts with a few drops of essential oils for a mini aromatherapy session!

Stretch

There are several stretches perfect for treating overstressed foot muscles and looking after cramped and tight feet. It’s best to stretch after soaking feet, or having a shower or bath, when the muscles are relaxed. Try intertwining your fingers with your toes and slowly easing them apart. Then place your feet on the floor and with one leg in front, press forward on your toes. After this stretch out your leg and point your toes like a ballerina. These exercises will help ease the tightness.

Massage

Massage is a fantastic way to relax and finally get round to using those fancy lotions that have been sitting at the back of your cupboards. They’re the perfect match for using alongside the stretches - simply apply moisturiser or lotion to the feet and apply pressure on the ball of the feel, working your hands down to the toes.

Ice

Ice therapy is a great way to reduce pain and swelling. Place a small amount of ice in a small plastic bag or wrap in a cloth and slowly massage the affected area, making circular motions. The cold temperature will temporarily numb the nerve endings in the painful area and give you relief. It also helps to reduce swelling. However you can have too much of a good thing, so don’t use an ice pack for longer than 10 minutes at a time.

Wear the right shoes

All feet are different and can start to ache in areas where they aren’t supported. It’s essential to wear shoes that support the arch of the foot and are cushioned and padded, whilst being suitable for the activity and work place. Watch out for worn out soles, as this can have an effect on how well cushioned your feet are. Make sure that you have footwear that fits and is laced up properly, since shoes that are too loose or tight can contribute to soreness and foot fatigue. Check out our new nurse’s range, a collection of specifically designed footwear that has been created to support nurses and perform to a high ability in a hazardous workplace.

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