New job on my feet-need advice, please

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New job on my feet-need advice, please

liilii080 liilii080
I just started a new job and I am on my feet, walking around 5-6 hours at a stretch at an upscale venue that requires nice shoes (ie: heels, cute flats). I haven't done this in a while and my feet are killing me! I have high arches and am desperate for any advice about protecting my feet so I'm not in pain by the end of each day. And, tennis shoes/crocs are not an option. (Oh, and I know they're atrocious but support hose? No?) Thank you!!!
04/08/2011
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About the only option is to find some insoles that will work in your shoes or find shoes that have a thicker sole. You can do some feet/ankle exercises, that could help some. I find that just standing with you feet slightly apart and lifting up on your toes a few time gives the feet, toes, ankles and calf's a good work out.
04/08/2011
Alys Alys
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Originally posted by liilii080
I just started a new job and I am on my feet, walking around 5-6 hours at a stretch at an upscale venue that requires nice shoes (ie: heels, cute flats). I haven't done this in a while and my feet are killing me! I have high arches and am ...
Look into Dansko shoes. They have pretty high arch support, and I never was into clogs before these, but honestly they're pretty expensive as well.
04/08/2011
Victoria Victoria
BUY YOURSELF SOME FLATS MADE BY KEEN!!! I cannot recommend Keen shoes enough. They are so so so so worth it. They don't need to be broken in, have slip-proof soles, and are incredibly durable and comfortable. 10+ years huge fan of Keen! Check Amazon, Zappos, and Endless for the best deals.

Also, every day, before you get out of bed, write the alphabet with each foot. Then do it again before bed each night. Will keep your muscles from swelling and getting stiff.

When in doubt, 1,000 mg of Advil kicks pain's ass and stops swelling too

Can you tell I was a bartender?
04/08/2011
Lucidity Lucidity
Seriously, get yourself some stylish flats and some hardcore insoles. If you spent that much time on your feet in heels, you will wreck your body. Also, listen to Victoria, clearly she knows her shit!
04/08/2011
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
Go the The Walking Store and try shoes on until you find a brand, style, and size that works for you. This store is geared specifically to people who spend a lot of time on their feet, and they have all the high-quality shoes geared to this population. You can always look online to find whichever shoe works for you at a cheaper price, though The Walking Store occasionally has some great deals when they are discontinuing a shoe.

I do think support hosiery would also be helpful in that it will keep down the swelling that comes from being on your feet all day. Also, The Walking Store has the BEST insoles for making other shoes in your wardrobe more comfortable.
04/08/2011
liilii080 liilii080
Thank you all. I will definitely break out my ankle weights and try and strengthen my calves and ankles a little better. And the shoe options are all so appreciated.

Victoria- I will take your advice to heart! Bartenders usually give great advice

SS- The walking store is a good idea. I didn't even think of that but I bet they have some good hose and maybe even some other stuff to help me massage my feet when I get off.

I think I'll go take some advil now because I'll be at it again tomorrow and my feet are still throbbing.
04/08/2011
Lucidity Lucidity
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Originally posted by liilii080
Thank you all. I will definitely break out my ankle weights and try and strengthen my calves and ankles a little better. And the shoe options are all so appreciated.



Victoria- I will take your advice to heart! Bartenders usually ...
Aren't foot massages what men are for?
04/09/2011
zeebot zeebot
Insoles! And I find walking in wedges easier than heels if you need fancy shoes?
04/09/2011
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
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Originally posted by liilii080
Thank you all. I will definitely break out my ankle weights and try and strengthen my calves and ankles a little better. And the shoe options are all so appreciated.



Victoria- I will take your advice to heart! Bartenders usually ...
The Walking Store near me does not have support hose, surprisingly enough. I would check at a medical supply store or uniform shop where nurses buy their scrubs. If they do not carry any, they could at least point you to the right place.
04/09/2011
newlady newlady
How about some good insoles in your shoes? Dr.Scholl's, etc, makes some great insoles to fit every style of shoe there is.
04/09/2011
tigerkate tigerkate
Well, Dr. Scholl's now make shoes. Cute ones, too! I have a pair of silver slip on flats from them.

But better than anything, I got some Dr. Scholl inserts for the lower back and they helped me 110% when I was interning at a nursing home. They look heavy duty, but if you find some flat shoes to put them in.. you'll be golden.
04/09/2011
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