Orthotics question

I am a nurse in a hospital which means I have to do long shifts which is havoc on my feet. At the end of my shift my feet hurt so much. I tried to switch to Danskos which are supposed to be good but my feet still hurt. Do you think I need orthotics? Should I see a Podiatrist? I want to enjoy my days off but right now my feet hurt so much all I want to do is sit. Please help!

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. I have many patients who are in your exact situation. The concrete flooring of hospitals is very hard on the feet, especially after 12 hours. Proper footwear is an important part of avoiding foot pain at the end of your shifts but you will also want to integrate foot recovery at the end of your day or on your days off.

    Simple calf stretches and standing on golf balls (foot massage) will allow the soft tissue of your lower leg and feet recover from the stress of standing so long. If you have flat feet you may want to see a Podiatrist to see if orthotics may be beneficial. Flat feet have to work harder than other foot types which means they will fatigue faster and experience foot pain easier.

    If you do not have a Podiatrist and want to consider other shoes besides Danskos I recommend checking out the Aetrex shoes and the Lynco inserts. (http://www.aetrex.com/lynco_orthotics/) Avoiding foot pain is a balance between proper footwear foot strength and foot recovery.

    I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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