Nurses are on their feet nearly all the time!
If you are in nursing school or in training for an allied health profession, odds are you will be spending a lot of time on your feet. Whether you are a nursing assistant, practical nurse, registered nurse, or a BSN, you will want to take care of your feet. Here are some tips to pamper your feet so they are healthy and ready for another day on the job:
1. Choose the right shoes and socks
Even though high-quality shoes and socks are more expensive than others, they are worth every penny if they save your feet and your back.
- Try the American Podiatric Medical Association’s list of shoes that have received the association’s Seal of Acceptance/Approval. If you click on “Footwear/Occupational” you will see some great suggestions.
- Even socks are important! Some people find that compression socks help relieve fatigue. Here is a list of socks with the American Podiatric Medical Association’s seal of approval.
- See a doctor if you have foot problems that are not improving.
2. Don’t wear the same shoes every day
Wearing the same pair of shoes every day is not recommended, because it puts pressure on the same pressure points every day. It’s better to rotate among two or three pairs of high quality shoes. Try to replace your work shoes about every six months if possible.
3. Maintain a healthy weight
What does your weight have to do with foot pain? Believe it or not, if you are carrying around extra weight, it can put added pressure on your feet and legs. If you have trouble keeping a healthy weight, try the resources on the American Heart Association’s Master the Scale weight management program.
4. Stretch every day
One thing that can help your feet and legs is to stretch regularly. Try to do some stretches before and after work, and even during your break times if you can. The Mayo Clinic has a Guide to Basic Stretches. Or you can try NurseTogether’s leg exercises that are specifically for nurses.
5. Pamper your feet!
After a full schedule of nursing, your feet deserve to be pampered. Here are some options for showing your feet some appreciation!
- For swollen feet, try a warm foot bath with Epsom salts.
- Get a professional foot massage or learn how to do self-foot massages
- Prop up your feet whenever you can
- Get a pedicure
- Find a foot scrub in a scent that helps you relax
To all the nurses out there, and people in training to become nurses, we appreciate your service to your patients. When you’re such a compassionate person, it can be hard to remember to take care of yourself too! But do your feet a favor, and give them a little extra pampering today. You will be glad you did!
The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health in Manchester, New Hampshire, offers three nursing/allied health programs: Licensed Nursing Assistant, Practical Nursing, and Patient Care Technician. Contact us for more information to find out how you can get started.