For nurses and hospital staff, a 12-hour shift is not uncommon and studies show that, during a normal night shift, a nurse can walk around five miles. Spending a large amount of time on your feet, whether standing or moving around, can result in some significant discomfort and health issues. So how can you combat this?
It may be stating the obvious but, one of the issues which can occur when standing or walking for long periods of time is foot and leg pain. Seasoned nurses and medical staff have a number of tips and tricks which they use to reduce foot and leg pain and, these include:
Posture is crucial when working on your feet for a long time. When we’re tired, we tend to slouch and, while this is only natural, it can have a negative impact on our health. To prevent pain and conditions such as osteoporosis, try adjusting your posture as follows:
As well as adhering to the above, you should try to move the whole body occasionally rather than keeping a rigid stance for a period of time.
It stands to reason that being on your feet for hours at a time will lead to fatigue but, there are a few ways that you can combat this, including:
Experts say that humans should spend no more than four hours at a time on our feet so, for those who have no choice but to exceed this, taking some precautions to protect their health is essential. Even simple measures like wearing shoes with cushioned insoles and investing in a few pairs of compression socks can help to reduce comfort and prevent long-term health conditions from developing.