6 Ways to Keep Nurses on Their Feet
Make Sure to Leverage Insoles for Standing All Day
According to a 2006 study published in MEDSURG Nursing, nurses walk an average of 4-5 miles during a 12-hour shift. If you’re a nurse and know exactly how often you’re on your feet, this comes as no surprise. While walking is a great form of exercise, being on your feet for 12 hours a day doesn’t have the same stress-relieving benefits as it would if you were doing a power walking workout. Rather, walking around for that long can lead to fatigue and make it harder for you to provide the best care possible to your patients.
Before you can take care of your patients, you first need to take care of your feet and protect yourself from fatigue. Here are some ways to do that, including making sure you purchase a pair of insoles made for standing all day.
Start with Getting to Know Your Foot
Everyone’s feet come in different shapes and sizes. Some people may have normal pronation, where the foot can completely support the person’s weight. Others may suffer from overpronation or underpronation, which both lead to extra stress in the foot that can result in an injury. Knowing where your feet land on the pronation scale can help you determine how much support you need from a shoe. Your local running store or podiatrist can do a full gait analysis on your feet and point you towards the types of shoes that would work best for your needs.
Add the Most Comfortable Shoe Insoles You Can
Sometimes your shoes just aren’t enough to get you through the day. When this happens, you need to add a bit more cushion and support to keep your feet comfortable and relaxed as you’re going from patient to patient. There are insoles for standing all day like the Pinnacle Full Length Orthotic Shoe Inserts, Memory Foam Insoles, and ArchLite Insoles that can give you maximum cushioning and support all day long.
Add Compression Socks and Sleeves
There’s a reason distance runners wear compression socks and sleeves (and no, it isn’t for the trendy style!). Compression socks and sleeves add another layer of support to your feet, keeping your legs and feet from swelling. They’re obviously great for marathon runners, but they provide the exact same benefits to nurses who are walking miles every day during their shift.
Lose Some Weight to Drop the Extra Stress
If you’re a bit overweight, getting rid of some of those extra pounds can actually be beneficial for your day-to-day work shifts. Not only will you physically remove some of that extra stress you’ve been carrying around, you’ll also feel healthier from exercising and eating healthier. If running or cycling is your go-to exercise routine, make sure you have proper shoes and leverage your insoles and compression socks to give you extra support and cushion.
Stretch Before, During, and After Your Shifts
It doesn’t matter what physical activity it is. Somehow, stretching is always forgotten about, ignored, and underestimated. But stretching offers a lot of great benefits, including reduced muscle tension, increased range of motion, enhanced muscular coordination, and increased blood flow and circulation. These benefits can help keep blood circulating through your feet and keep them nice and relaxed as you work. Remember to stretch before, during, and after your next shift to keep your feet revitalized throughout the day.
Don’t Forget to Pamper Your Feet
When you get home from work, what do you do? Do you take the time to put your feet up and relax, or do you get caught up in all the errands you have to do? Sometimes grocery shopping and chores are unavoidable. However, it’s important that you remember to show your feet some love from time to time. Before you go to bed, try soaking your feet in Epsom salts and giving them a massage. Or go the extra mile and treat yourself to a nice pedicure. Your feet will thank you for the extra care and attention!
If you’re a nurse, you know how gratifying your profession can be. However, it can be hard to feel a sense of gratification when your feet are uncomfortable and tired all day long. Make sure you take care of your feet, and check out our insoles that can help keep your feet happy during your next 12-hour shift.