If you’re on your feet for 40-plus hours per week, then your feet likely know pain. You know the agony of limping through the last hours of your day and the amazing feeling you experience after taking your shoes off at night. It doesn’t have to be this way. Follow these four steps to care for your feet, which will help reduce your pain and keep them protected for years to come.
Get Properly Fitted Shoes
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Roughly 80 percent of men wear the wrong size shoe. Feet swell at times and can change in size as you age. While the shoe you wear now might seem okay, you could be wearing a size smaller than you should. Wearing the incorrect size footwear can be uncomfortable and even cause damage to your joints and arches, leaving you with foot pain even after you take off your shoes. If you haven’t been properly fitted for shoes in a while, it’s time to check your shoe size again. You may be surprised with what you find.
Rest Your Feet When You Can
This is easier said than done when you’re constantly working and supporting your family. However, try to rest your feet when you’re not on the job. Set aside time to relax each day after you get home. Even creating 30 minutes for yourself can have a dramatic effect. Elevating your legs can do wonders for your circulation while taking pressure off your muscles. Consider raising them at night with an extra pillow.
Massage Your Feet Each Night
Along with elevating your feet, there are a few basic massages you can practice to ease aching feet. You don’t have to be a trained masseuse to try a few of these tactics out. Start with each of your toes and then work to the ball of your foot. Apply gentle pressure to the muscle. You can also use this time to rotate your ankles and massage your calves as well.
Additionally, soak your feet in warm, soapy water to help your muscles relax and remove pressure from your body. Not only will this help you unwind after a long day, but it’s also easier to ask someone for a foot massage when you have clean feet.
Invest in a Reliable Pair of Work Boots
If you’re on your feet all day, then you shouldn’t shudder when it comes to purchasing reliable boots. Cheap boots wear down quickly, forcing you to spend more on a replacement pair. Instead, find a comfortable pair of work boots that you can wear day-in and day-out without pain. If you work outside, consider investing in a quality pair of leather work boots that will last through multiple elements — rain, snow, ice, mud, and dust — without breaking down.
Investing in reliable boots, caring for your feet at night, and resting are all ways you can protect your feet. In return, you can look forward to a successful career with your feet supporting you the entire way.