Best shoes for working 8-10 hours daily

I recently accepted a full-time retail job which requires me to be on my feet 8-10 hours a day, non-stop. During the transition from part-time to full-time, I worked both jobs to the tune of 65 hours or more a week. Now my feet are in agony. I barely make it through each shift and standing in one spot is almost unbearable. I limp home to painful heels, the soles of my feet burning, with the pain often so intense its difficult to let my feet touch the bed. After 2 days rest, my feet are still in pain. I’m concerned my feet are inflamed, but it will be 2-3 months before I can see a podiatrist. If there is inflammation, what can I do to treat it at home with what’s available over the counter? Also, what type of shoes would you recommend? I’ve bought several pairs, some very expensive, none of which seem to be the answer to long hours on my feet. Should I buy walking or running shoes? I’m not diabetic, but would those type of shoes be a better option? I’m lost, please help.

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    I actually see many patients experiencing the same type of pain you are describing after long hours standing. What’s most important, if you must stand long hours and have foot pain, is foot recovery. Foot recovery includes stretching your calves and standing or rolling on golf balls or Yamuna Foot Wakers (

    Foot recovery should be done every day – at least 5 minutes twice a day or 10 minutes at the end of the day. When standing long hours my favorite footwear is rocker sole footwear. Why I like this type of shoe for standing long hours is that the rockers sole continuously shifts pressure as too avoid too much stress to one area.

    If you are looking for something in your shoe to provide support an insert such as Aetrex Lynco orthotics improve pressure distribution to again avoid too much stress to one area of the foot. With the daily foot recovery and proper footwear, you should begin feeling much better.

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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