1. joanne

    Hi there, thankyou for your great article , I found it really helpful and interesting. I have a sister who is a nurse and I know that she comes home most days with aching feet. She is quite young at the moment and can get away with it, but over time I could see how being on your feet all day will lead to problems as you get older. Thanks again

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Joanne,

      People like your sister are what inspired me to write the post. I wanted them to have a plan that  they can put to use  to delay or  lessen the impact of foot pain. One thing that your sister can do to stop problems in the future is make sure she changes her shoes or rotates them every six months if she is working a 40 hour week  or more. This may seem extreme, but lots of nurses have reported that doing this one thing went a big way in managing any foot pain.

      For now, she can just elevate her feet on a stack of pillows to relieve  any discomfort that comes from swollen feet—should that happen.

  2. Jeannie Brickley

    Interesting. I used to jog and I worked as a nursing assistant. I quit jogging years ago because I started getting shin splints.

    I took early retirement to take care of my parents; but also because of being on my feet so long. I used to take an extra pair of shoes and change in the middle of my shift.

    Now I have feet that hate me to be on them for very long times. I try to pick comfortable shoes; but most shoes are not particularly comfortable. You said about shoes that act as shock absorbers. Where can you find them?

    Thank you for a great article telling us how to protect our feet.


  3. JaemiO

    Hi Thabo,

    I am not a nurse and haven’t run in quite some time. However, my profession requires me to stand on my feet on a concrete surface 10 to 12 hours a day, up to five days a week. I often worry about developing joint and back problems because of it. Your article has given me insight on things I can do to prevent this. I’d heard of changing shoes regularly, but not the rest of it.

    Thanks so much for your help,


    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi JaemiO,

      I’m glad that you found my post useful because you are precisely the type of person   it was meant to help. My website also focuses on back pain prevention. So feel free to contact me should you have any more questions.  Or just go and read some of  articles that may pertain to your question.

  4. Desal

    Hi Thabo,
    Thank you for a well-written and a well-researched article. I am sure many readers will find it interesting and beneficial. Reading it was an eye-opener for me. As you discussed in the article, there are many jobs that require employees to stand long hours without a break. I think employers should be aware that standing long hours non-stop is detrimental to health and thus should allow employees to sit a few times during a shift. A healthy worker is a happy and a more productive worker.

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Desal,

      I’m glad you liked the post. I agree with you that employers should  be more aware of the negative effects of standing for long hours. I think it would be great  for managers to explore the possibility of incorporating a “sitting break” for the sake of occupational health. 

  5. Jojo

    I think the biggest problem is when we stay in the same position for too long. I find it far easier to walk then to stay standing for longer periods of time.
    I drive a truck and sit for hours at a time. Sometimes this gives me problems with my knees. Fortunately the seats in modern trucks has become very good and can be adjusted so usually I don’t have back problems but staying immobile for too long can still cause problems in the back, joints and feet.
    I think when standing and walking for hours you must have very good shoes and socks. This can make all the difference and when possible, sit down for a while.
    Thanks for a very informative article.

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Jojo,

      I used to work  as a member of  a loading crew for a big Sporting Goods store, and interacted with a lot of truck drivers. So I have an idea of what you are going through. Those long hours sitting in a truck can indeed do a number on your back and knees. You are absolutely right about how proper shoe ware and socks can go a long way in lessening back and foot pain. Also, having good support for your back is important. It was a pleasure to hear from you. keep safe and feel free to reach out to me should you  have  any questions.

  6. R. Freeman

    After spending years working a job that required me to be on my feet for 6-10 hours straight every day, I absolutely understand the value in your post. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to keep some jobs without giving into the demands of the hours they request; therefore, I think it’s imperative to know what your other options are. Shoes are very important! I think most wouldn’t realize to get a new pair of shoes so frequently, but it is necessary. Also, one of the most important things you noted was to maintain a healthy weight. I think that is vital to the health of our feet and our bodies as a whole. Great post!

    • Yes, maintaining a healthy weight is indeed vital to the health of our feet and body. For example, overweight has serious consequences on our knee health. Overweight people suffer from more knee injuries. Think of it this way: Like a building or bridge, your body is designed to carry a certain load. When you exceed that load, you’re forcing your body to do something that it wasn’t designed to do. That’s going to compromise your foundation. The bottom line it that it’s important not to put undue stress on your body by overloading it.

      Also, having the right shoes and changing them frequently is important for your foot health. However, if you should develop pain with your new shoes that changes your form, you should see your doctor.

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