One of the first jobs I had while I was a student was working weekends in the children’s department of a major department store. I was on my feet all day, helping customers with stock, folding things up and generally keeping the place tidy. I wasn’t use to standing for such long periods and my legs and feet got really sore after my first shift. After a few more weekends of pain, I found some things which really helped me get through the day and not by hobbling around for the rest of the week too.
No, support tights aren’t the most glamorous sounding of items but wearing these sorts of tights or stockings can make a huge difference to your legs by keeping the circulation going and supporting sore muscles. They don’t have to be unattractive and bulky, so shop around to find the best pair for you. A proper fit is essential, and bear in mind that brands will all fit differently so it is often a case of shopping around to find the style and shape which fit you best.
It’s not practical with every job, but if you have the opportunity to sit down every so often, take it. Taking the pressure off your feet and legs for just a few minutes every hour will make a huge difference. When you have tea or lunch breaks, make sure you get a proper rest rather than rushing around doing your own shopping or other jobs. Employers have a legal responsibility to make sure their staff have adequate breaks and rest periods and if yours doesn’t, take them to task on this issue.
The old saying is that you have to suffer for beauty but you have to draw the line somewhere. Those sky high stiletto shoes might look fabulous, but if they are going to cripple you with pain and leave you unable to walk for a fortnight are they really worth it? Keep the fancy shoes for nights out and for work opt for practical brands such as Rieker shoes or even Crocs which will keep your feet more comfortable for long periods. If you do have to wear heels or uncomfortable shoes to work, keep a pair of trainers or other shoes in your bag for the journey home.
After you get home from work, you can help your feet feel better by giving them a soak, either in the bath or in a basin of water. Add some tea tree oil to the warm water as this makes the water smell good and soothes your skin. Peppermint oil has a similar effect and once you have soaked your feet in the water, use some moisturizing cream to help keep the skin supple and soft. Then treat yourself to a well-earned evening on the sofa with your feet up to help keep the pressure off. Get into the habit of doing this every evening after work and your feet will be in far better condition and will get less sore.
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Morag Peers is a regular blogger and a very busy lady who looks after her feet!