I have previously talked about how I have suffered with sore feet and back pain for a prolonged time ( around 10 years ) and it wasn’t until I took action that I managed to start to get my issues with my back and feet under control. The thing is at the time you don’t quite realize that it effects not only yourself, but all those around you when you are constantly suffering discomfort and pain. Its only now that I am free of this suffering that I can see I wasn’t being the best nurse, wife or mother that I could be through no fault of my own, but when you have constant pain and discomfort most of the time, it can be extremely difficult to give your full concentration to other things. If I only knew 10 years ago that finding the most comfortable shoes for nurses would be the start of me living and working without sore feet and back pain I would have taken action then. This was only the start of the process of living without pain and in turn being able to give the best of myself to my deserving patients, beautiful family and friends. So today I’m going to tell you how to help yourself if you also suffer with sore feet and back pain, and in turn you can give the best of yourself too.
Help yourself – most comfortable shoes for nurses
Its important that you realize that you don’t have to soldier on through your aches and pain, because that’s what us nurses, wives and mothers do. Everyone that cares about you and those that you care for, whether in a personal or professional capacity will benefit from you not suffering. It just is not possible for you to give the best of yourself as a mum, wife and nurse when you’re not 100% focused on those things. The good news is that there are many things you can do to help yourself and we are going to talk about them next.
The first thing you need to do is to decide to do something about it and end the suffering by taking action. No more suffering in silence!
First things to do – Find the right Footwear
The first step to easing your suffering is to find the right footwear for yourself. This could include the right type and shape of shoe for your foot and may also include compression/comfort socks if you need these as well. You may even need custom inserts for your shape of foot as well. There are many types of shoes that you can acquire for nursing these include
- Athletic shoes – trainers/sneakers
- Casual walking shoes – leather upper
This is not a one size fits all kind of thing. You need to find the correct type of shoe for you and your environment. Some shoes I have listed are prohibited in some hospitals due to their safety and dress codes and might only be allowed if you work in certain departments. Also, its very dependent on what your own personal role entails. For example if you have the possibility of coming in contact with fluid spills Crocs aren’t going to fit your requirements and if you suffer from sore feet you need to make sure your shoes have the correct support, cushioning and flexibility that your role needs.
Finding the right shoe with the right support and cushioning for your feet is quite dependent on the shape of your foot. You will need to distinguish what your shape of foot is. For example – High arched, extremely high arched and flat-footed. You can do this by visiting your doctor. You should be visiting your doctor if you’ve had a sustained period of foot and back pain anyway. My husband Peter has a High arched foot and suffers with Plantar Fasciitis so He needed a shoe that cushioned the heel and offered really good arch support so we found him a really good athletic shoe that offered those features.
For myself I suffered with heel pain and pain on the balls of my feet, this in turn would go up the backs of my legs and into my lower back. I can honestly say that as soon as we found me the right shoes, my discomfort halved immediately and if you don’t take any other advice from me today, please follow this one because I promise this really will make such a difference to your standard of life if you suffer like I did.
Stretching exercises – make it second nature
The next thing you need to do is to incorporate stretching exercises into your daily regime. Now don’t panic these exercises are’n’t taxing but if you do them regularly they will give you great relief from your sore feet and back pain and may even help to ease your discomfort completely.
Stretches to do before you get out of bed – If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, the plantar ( the strip that connects the heel and ball of foot ) can tighten overnight and cause great discomfort when you first stand in the morning.
- Foot lift stretch ,
- Toe Stretch
Standing and sitting stretches to do at work – These can be done anywhere as they require very little space to perform.
- Towel stretch
- Toe curls stretch
- Ball rolling stretch
- Standing stair/step stretch
- Hip flexor stretch
- Standing outer hip stretch
When you incorporate these stretches into your daily life you will notice a huge difference in your feeling of well-being and general health. I have previously written about these stretches with instructions on how to do them in a previous post. Please check it out on my site.
Leave work at work – Find a way to relax
Finally, the next thing you have to do is learn how to relax after work and try to maintain a healthy work / life balance. You need to be able to leave your work behind you at the end of the day. This is especially important if you work in a stressful, fast paced environment that can leave you emotionally and physically drained such as a hospital. Your body and mind need to recover before your next shift so that your fit to fight another day.
One of the best ways to start the recovery/relaxation part of your day is to wash the work day away. A nice long soak in the bath or an invigorating shower will accomplish this. You can then try any of the following methods for relaxation.
Taking care of your body – Massage, Exercising, Stretching ( a Must for recovery ), drinking plenty – Keeping hydrated and wearing comfy clothes.
Relaxation methods – Visualization, meditation, Listening to music, reading, watching films and TV, socializing and engaging in your hobbies and interests. Whatever relaxation method you find that suits you it should help you to switch your mind completely off from the workday. ( My favourite thing to do is to read and I have recently started to draw and paint with watercolours. )
Time for bed – The end of the day – About 30 minutes before you go to sleep you should switch off any electricals that are engaging your mind and keeping it alert / active. This will give your mind time to switch off before you want to go to sleep.
Recovered and recharged – Ready to give the best of you
When you can incorporate the things that I have talked about today into your daily life I promise you that you will wake up the next day recovered, recharged and ready to give the best of yourself to everyone the next day, You’ll also notice that as time goes by your aches and pains will lessen and you should be aiming for a life with no discomfort at all.
So please find the right footwear, use the stretches, find a way to relax / switch off from work, rest and get a good nights sleep. When you accomplish these things you will notice a huge difference to your feeling of well-being.
I have covered all off the above topics in much greater details in previous recent posts, so please check them out. This post today is just intended as an overview of those posts.
If you have any questions or need a hand please drop a comment in the box or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be glad to answer.
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