OUCH! My feet hurt!!

  1. Hey there!

    I currently work 12 hour shifts and at the end of the 12 hours my feet are killing me! I have worn orthotics since I was 17 for fallen arches, but it seems like in the past few years (and one child later) that my feet are taking quite a beating with all of the walking. After work I hobble around at home and it seems like they don't really get 100% better on my days off! I had to get a cortisone injection in my right foot between my 4th and 5th metatrsal today because my inflammation has gotten out of control recently! OK, I feel like I'm blabbing now, anyway, I think you get the idea...

    My question is...

    What do you all use as far as shoes? My podiatrist suggested New Balance, but I would love to hear from anyone that knows about some great supportive shoes.

    Does anyone else out there experience any problems with their feet after being on their feet all day?

    I will be looking forward to your input--thanks!

    --Ohfeelya
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   carolinaRN
    I wear Reebok DMX shoes. They have extra padding and it feels like you are bouncing on air when you are walking. I haven't had any trouble with them at all and I have worn them for 2 years.
  4. by   ErinRN99
    I just bought a pair of Avia crosstrainers. I really like them. My husband wears the New Balance brand when he runs, he says they are really comfy.
  5. by   bagladyrn
    I've found SAS and Easy Spirit shoes fit my feet well, since I wear an odd size- 6 1/2 E width (that's double wide) Between being almost as wide as long, bunions,heel spurs, and surgery, (and okay-a little extra weight on those feet), I really like the range of size/widths these offer. Usually have to ask the store to order them for me, but always available.
  6. by   ohfeelyafundi
    carolinaRN, kday, ErinRN99 and bagladyrn!!

    Thanks everyone for the great suggestions, I will go armed with info and suggestions to my next appt. on Tuesday. I plan on doing a little research on the shoes you all suggested. I just hope SOMETHING works! Thanks again!

    ---Ohfeelya
  7. by   rdhdnrs
    Just want to cast my vote for New Balance. Seems the toes are wider and the weight is more evenly distributed.
  8. by   KC CHICK
    Rockers slip-ons (don't remember the name...they look kinda like some sports shoe, only white with a thick sole. Attractive and modern looking). Just got 'em....60 bucks....love'em. Keep them in my locker at work. They are VERY handy if I happen to be running late......they just slip on, then I'm off and going!!!
    Comfortable too. I also get lots of compliments.
  9. by   mom22
    I recently bought some Rockport walking shoes. They look like regular athletic shoes, have an air pocket under the ball of the foot (in the sloe of the shoe), and have microwavable insloes to customize the fit. I'm very happy with them even tho' I had to return the first pair because of excessive squeaking. Finally, they weren't cheap, but I use them only for work.

    Good luck!

    Carol
  10. by   RNforLongTime
    Your best bet would be to try different pairs of shoes and find out which ones work best for you. New Balance are nice shoes but aren't for everyone. My personal favorites are Reebok DMX walking shoes although some models tend to do some serious squeaking. I have tried Nursemates, Rockers, Nike. Nursemates Suck that is for sure. Good luck!

    Kelly
  11. by   achingfootman
    I have a pair of Dansko and the arch support is awesome.I am wondering if you would be willing to take before work and after work photos of your barefeet for a research project?I just got off work and my feet are a little swollen.I work in the ER.Let me know Thanks
  12. by   L&D_RN_OH
    I had no luck with nursing shoes. my feet were always killing me by the end of a 12 hr shift. I went to a sports store to have them assess my feet. They mentioned pronation and recommended a couple different pair of running shoes. I ended up getting a pair of Brooks. Worked really great for about a year, but I feel like I need a new pair again.
  13. by   Chibi Baka
    Ugh i think i can really use all this advice for kinds of shoes to wear too

    my feet hurts after stadning for 2 minutes!


    How am i ever going to be a nurse!
  14. by   yaddadoit
    Ok, surfing the posts and found out that we have some true foot experts out there in the nurse entrepreneur sections--- I'll bet there are some great resources there.

    Was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis several years ago... Unfortunately, had an HMO for insurance and it was one of the conditions they didn't cover. My doctor referred me to a website -- I think it was heelspurs.com -- through the years it has turned out to be the best information resource for my aching feet that I could have come across. I have been to lots of Md's and physical therapists. The information I got off of the heelspurs site was better and more thorough (including links to medical journals...) then all of the information I received from all of my providers put together. I'm still gimping along--some days pain free--some days not. But the important thing is.. I'm still able to work which is good since I've got a couple of decades left to go before I can retire. Anyway, don't know if the heelspurs site is stillout there, you might do a search for "heelspurs". It's loaded with information on foot pain from all sorts of causes. Good luck!

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