Always on your Feet?

  1. Hey,

    I have always wondered how you nurses withstand being on your feet all the time. I fell down some stairs about 2 years ago, and my right ankle (now bad ankle) is always giving me problems in swelling and aching. I work at a mini storage, and I am always walking. Just wanted to know what yall do it to make it easier or more bearable.

    Thanks.
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   ptnurse
    I have a "bad" left ankle that swells up. I wear, on the advise of the M.D., 3/4 top New Balance tennis shoes. These shoes are comfortable, after you get used to them, but they are almost like putting your foot down into a cast when they are new. They secure my ankle and it never swells as long as I were my tennis shoes.
  4. by   nrw350
    hmm, what about wearing 8 inch boots?
  5. by   jnette
    I'm on my feet from 3 o'clock in the morning when I get up and dressed until about 3 pm or later at work.. then on to buy groceries, home to do laundry, etc... I finally got OFF my feet when I go to bed around 8 pm. That's a long time, and I believe most of us are all in the same boat.

    Do they hurt? Yes. Do they swell? Yes. What do I do about it?
    Just deal with it. Go barefoot everychance I get while I'm not working.
    Now I have a stupid bunion (which I have always had) but it is protesting the constant pressure of the shoes and developing a huge callous on top of it to add to the pressure and pain already there. Cute, huh? I wear the widest shoe available as it is. Next thing I'm going to have to cut a "window" in my shoe and let that baby stick out like a sore thumb !
  6. by   P_RN
    Knee high TED stockings help. Elevating my feet helps a lot.
  7. by   nrw350
    how do the stockings help?

    Thanks
  8. by   night owl
    Originally posted by jnette

    Now I have a stupid bunion (which I have always had) but it is protesting the constant pressure of the shoes and developing a huge callous on top of it to add to the pressure and pain already there. Cute, huh? I wear the widest shoe available as it is. Next thing I'm going to have to cut a "window" in my shoe and let that baby stick out like a sore thumb !
    I have that same darn bunion. For relief I use this thing you put between your big toe and the next toe. What it does is help to straighten out the big toe and it relieves some of the pressure off the bunion. You can find it at CVS or Rite-Aid or one of those stores in the foot care section where they have the Dr Scholl's inserts, the corn pads etc. It really helps. It's getting so bad though that I'm beginning to think surgery, but I don't really have time to recoup for 8 weeks. Guess I'll have to live with it.
  9. by   happystudent
    Originally posted by jnette
    I'm on my feet from 3 o'clock in the morning when I get up and dressed until about 3 pm or later at work.. then on to buy groceries, home to do laundry, etc... I finally got OFF my feet when I go to bed around 8 pm. That's a long time, and I believe most of us are all in the same boat.

    Do they hurt? Yes. Do they swell? Yes. What do I do about it?
    Just deal with it. Go barefoot everychance I get while I'm not working.
    Now I have a stupid bunion (which I have always had) but it is protesting the constant pressure of the shoes and developing a huge callous on top of it to add to the pressure and pain already there. Cute, huh? I wear the widest shoe available as it is. Next thing I'm going to have to cut a "window" in my shoe and let that baby stick out like a sore thumb !
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  10. by   altomga
    basically wear good shoes....buy new ones @ every 6mos...or get new inserts (like dr. Scholls or such).....support stockings to help keep the blood flowing.....sit when you can.....
    Some people I know change shoes halfway through the 12hr shift....like jnette...i am still on my feet long after my shift...
    do odds and ends around the house....walk 3 miles on the treadmill (unless I am soooo tired my butt is hitting the ground)...play with the little one that isn't in school yet like the older two.....
    Thanks gosh for my husband who is a stay at home daddy...he does a lot that I would have to otherwise...

    bottom line....#1 DON'T BUY CHEAP SHOES....SPEND THE EXTRA MONEY..YOUR FEET WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT!
  11. by   abigailk
    I had the surgery on a very painful bunion several years ago, and I'm so glad I did. It was still tender for several months afterwards but the discomfort diminished noticeably as the days went by. My shoes fit now! I don't wake at night from the painful pressure of my foot on the bed! The only problem I had
    (and a very silly one at that), was the sight of my un-bunioned foot after surgery was slightly disturbing. My brain kept saying
    "Who in the hecks foot is that?????"
  12. by   gwenith
    I have told my entire family that I don't care what they do to me after I die but please do not bury me the way they apparently do in China - stnding up! I have spent enough time on my feet this in THIS life I do not want to spend eternity that way!

    Has anyone tried the old "feet up the wall" trick? Lie with your bottom agaist the wall and your feet up the wall.

    My personal FAV? Looonnggg hot bath! A Book a bottle of bath salts for aching muscles a bottle of vaseline and AAAHHHHHH!


    OH! The vaseline? You put that on the doorknob to stop the kids from coming in.
  13. by   warrior woman
    Get those Dr. Scholl's gel insole an put 'em in your shoes. Your tired and sore puppies will thank you. I know what it is to have sore feet!! WW.
  14. by   Disablednurse
    Night Owl do not put off your health, take care of yourself. NO one else is going to do it for you. Do not wait until you can hardly wallk before you get something done. Take it from someone who did. I put off getting my pain taken care of and now I am permanently disabled. Yes my problem was my back, but you also have to stand on your feet every day. Please get it seen about.

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