Taking care of your foot health
Even if you own the most comfortable steel-toe boots for standing all day, your feet might still hurt at the end of a shift. Unfortunately, we are not made for standing the entire day, and if we do, we will suffer some consequences. However, you can do a few things to make it easier on yourself.
If you are wearing boots for a long hiking trip, plan for breaks during the day. If you work on your feet all day long, make sure to take your lunch and coffee breaks while sitting down. It might be enticing to stand by the coffee maker and chat with your colleagues, but your legs and back will thank you later.
Swap out your shoes
Even the most comfortable boots for walking all day can give you bunions and blisters, especially if you wear them multiple days in a row. So as soon as you get home, take your feet out and let them breathe. If you can, walking barefoot is best. Opt for a woollen pair of socks or comfy slippers if it's too cold.
In addition, try to rotate the type of shoes you put on. Unless you have to wear boots as a part of your uniform or for safety reasons, opt for sneakers or loafers on some days to give yourself a break. If the boots hurt a specific part of your foot, like the heel, or the big toe, wearing something else once in a while will promote healing.
Massage your feet
If you feel the tension in your feet, especially if your muscles spasm overnight, you should try to massage the knots. You can ask your partner for a foot massage or simply give yourself one at the end of the day.
Another good solution is rolling your feet on a tennis ball. It will get into all the nooks and crannies and relieve the tension. You can even keep the ball with you at work and roll your feet during your breaks.
Elevate your feet
To give your feet ample time to recover after a long day of standing in boots, lift them as soon as you get home. If you raise them to a position above your heart, your leg veins will work more efficiently, and your feet will heal faster.
Wear compression socks
You may have seen these before if you ever had to spend the night in a hospital. These socks are tight and stretchy and go up to your knee. The aim of these is to improve your blood circulation. While they are mostly advised for people who don’t move enough (to prevent blood clots), they can also help those who stand all day.
With better circulation, your feet can heal faster, and you won’t get cramps in different muscles across your legs from prolonged standing. Just make sure they are not too tight and block your circulation.
Put yourself first
As you can see, standing in boots all day is doable, whether for work, travel, or any other reason. However, you have to take care of yourself to prevent health problems. And most of all, make sure you buy boots that are the perfect fit for you and support your posture as much as possible.