Keeping Your Feet Comfortable on Long Shifts

For those in professions that require being on your feet for extended periods, such as nursing, teaching, retail, or hospitality, you know the struggle of achy, swollen feet all too well. Those long shifts can take a serious toll, leaving your tootsies begging for relief by the end of the day. But fear not, because with the right footwear and a few clever tricks, you can keep your feet comfortable and pain-free, no matter how many miles you log.

Invest in Quality Shoes The foundation of foot comfort starts with your shoes. Opt for well-cushioned, supportive footwear designed for long periods of standing and walking. Look for shoes with ample arch support, shock absorption, and breathable materials to keep your feet cool and dry.

Choose Moisture-Wicking Socks Traditional cotton socks can trap moisture and lead to blisters, chafing, and discomfort. Instead, choose socks made from moisture-wicking fabrics like merino wool or synthetic blends. These materials will help keep your feet dry and prevent hot spots from forming.

Rotate Your Shoes Wearing the same pair of shoes day after day can cause them to break down faster and lead to foot pain. Try to rotate between two or three pairs of comfortable work shoes, giving each pair a chance to fully dry out between wears.

Take Frequent Breaks If possible, try to take short breaks throughout your shift to sit down and elevate your feet. This can help reduce swelling and give your feet a much-needed rest. Even just a few minutes off your feet can make a big difference.

Stretch and Massage When you get a chance, take a few minutes to stretch and massage your feet and calves. This can help improve circulation and alleviate muscle tension and tightness that can contribute to foot pain.

Consider Compression Socks  Lasso's signature compression design gently hugs your arches, ankles, and calves, improving circulation and reducing fatigue. This added support can help you power through those long shifts without the aching, swollen feet that often come with being on your feet all day.

Stay Hydrated Dehydration can exacerbate foot swelling and fatigue, so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout your shift. Carry a refillable water bottle with you and sip regularly to stay hydrated.

By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can keep your feet comfortable and pain-free, even during the longest of shifts. Remember, happy feet are the foundation for a productive and enjoyable workday.