If you're on your feet all-day-long, the good news is that you won't suffer the negative health effects of sitting all-day-long. However, your feet are likely to hurt very badly. But even if you can't change your work environment, there are other things you can do to make it easier to cope with foot pain caused by standing all day.
Get Adequate Arch Support
The most important step is to wear the right shoes. Your shoes should have adequate cushioning and arch support. If your shoes do not have adequate arch support, consider inserting arch supports into your shoes. Also, consider getting silicone heel pads.
Wear the Right-Sized Shoes
Given that your feet might swell, your work shoes should be slightly larger than your normal shoes, but that are not loose and still fit well. The heels should not slide up and down. The tips of your toes also shouldn't be tight. Make sure the top of your shoe is made of a flexible material so it can provide your foot with more space if it swells.
Put On Compression Socks
Buy knee socks that lightly compress your feet and ankles. This will help cut down on swelling. Compression socks are not just great for if you are on your feet all day, but are also helpful if you have varicose veins.
Ditch the High Heels
Use the lowest heels possible and save higher heels for special occasions. There is less space for your toes, which leads to your toes having less circulation. This can cause foot discomfort.
Alternate Between Two Pairs of Shoes
Consider bringing a second pair of shoes to work and alternate between them. One pair of shoes should have a medium heel and the other should be flats. This will give your feet a break from being in one position for so long. Each pair requires that you use a different set of muscles, so you will give some of your muscles a break.
Take Care of Your Feet at Home
When you get home, ice your feet to relieve the pain and to reduce any swelling. Fill a bucket with ice water and place your feet in the bucket. After you have iced your feet, roll a tennis ball or baseball over the arch of your foot to massage it. Then, prop your feet higher than the rest of your body to further reduce swelling.
For more information, contact a podiatrist (like those at Foot First Podiatry Centers).