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I think the only advice there is is wait it out. You are adjusting to different physical activity than you or your body is used to. When i started nursing and would come home from a 12 hour shift take my shoes off I wouldnt be able to stand let alone walk. Slowly my legs and feet adjusted and it doesnt bother me much anymore. Hopefully you will find it goes away as time passes and you get used to your new routine.
Great post! I remember my first few clinical days, and then my first few days when I was a CNA in med-surg during nursing school. The clinical days were only 7 hours long, and the CNA shifts 8 hours. I would come home with such aching legs and feet, I was crying. I tried gel insoles, hose, special shoes, everything. I would have to take a bath with Epsom salt every day after clincials or work.
Well, I've been a nurse for 7 years now, and I always work 12 hour shifts, sometimes staying over for 16. My legs ache a bit afterwards, and my feet are sore when I wake up the next day. But your body does get used to it. Nursing involves a lot more walking than anything else, especially if you've been a student all your life and spent most of your time at a desk.