How to soothe aching feet after a long day?

You get home from work and your feet ache and all you want to do is throw of your shoes and put your feet up on the couch. Does that sound familiar?

This should not be the case. You should be able to get through the day and not have sore, aching or tired feet. This can have a big impact on your quality of life.

The causes of the tired and sore feet at the end of the day are multiple. It could be simply that you are working all day on a hard warehouse floor and perhaps also lifting heavy objects. If your shoe are not cushioned or supportive, then this is going to complicate it. There may be issues with the biomechanics of your foot; that is how the foot functions and moves. The ankle may role inwards and the arch flattens (“overpronation”) which can be a significant problem if you are on your feet all day.

The best way to soothe those aching feet are to prevent them in the first place. Can you spend more time not being on your feet (eg are you a bank teller and can sit on a stool rather than stand behind the counter?). You need to make your that your shoes are very supportive and cushioned. In some cases, this may not be possible because of the requirements of your employment (eg air hostesses usually have to wear dress shoes) – you may need to negotiate with your employer for this. In some work situations your employer may be able to provide more cushioned work surfaces for you to stand on. You could also try some simple arch supports in your shoe to spread the weight out and provide some support. It may also be worth it to see a podiatrist to get some custom made foot orthotics as they will do a much better job at doing this. Pretty much everyone with those aching feet after a long day should be able to follow these types of strategies and it not be a problem. If it still is, then see a podiatrist to find out what else can be done to get relief.

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