How to cure aching feet
Ever since I took this new job I am on my feet 8 hours a day. That's 8 hours more then my normal (unless I'm out shopping or doing outdoors stuff with the family). Needless to say, when I get home at night my feet are killing me. Here are some things I have found that help with my aching feet.
Make sure you buy shoes that fit. Apparently your tendons and ligaments in for feet get stretched and can make your foot bigger so when you are out buying new shoes make sure you get your size checked. It could have changed a little and made the shoes you wear too small.
Buy over the counter arch supports. These give your foot the support it needs to be standing on them all day.
Don't wear the same shoes 2 days in a row if you can help it. It helps not standing on the same support every day.
There are a lot of exercises you can do with your feet. Some I have found that work are:
Toe Curls - easy enough, just curl your toes in and stretch them out again and repeat.
Pick up things with your toes - I use marbles to do this. Put them in one pile and use my toes to transfer them to another pile.
While you are standing all day roll up on your tippy toes and then back down. It helps to stretch your foot out.
Do circles with your ankles - both directions and with both feet, not at the same time if you don't want to.
Foot rolling - This is my favorite thing to do. Roll your foot on a frozen water bottle, tennis ball or golf ball. Always makes my feet feel better.
Elevate your feet - Just prop them up on a pillow or the arm of the couch, not too high, for 10-20 minutes. This isn't so much an exercise but it will help bring down swelling and could relieve aching.
Some more ways to make the foot feel better are:
Massage your foot with lotion focusing on the parts that are the sorest with circular motions.
Soak feet in warm water and Epsom salt.
Use a rejuvenating foot cream after the foot soak.
Sometimes making sure your toenails are clean, cut and even painted can make your feet feel and look better. A pretty foot is a happy foot :)