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Im on my feet for 12 hours as a nurse. my heels hurt me so bad i can barely walk by the end of my shift. what can i do to alleviate the pain?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Plantar fascitiis: Wear a good supportive shoe with an arch support. Perform achilles tendon stretches. Take a poland spring bottle of water and freeze it and at night roll it under your arch while you sit down...Take antiinflammatories. If pain persists see a foot doc.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Combo treatment. : If you have plantar fasciitis, and hurt most with the first few steps in the morning, the more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. #2: firm inserts or orthotics. #3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your doctor). #4: stretching your foot and calf. #5: icing (10 min at a time). You may also need physical therapy or cortisone injections, or eswt if available in your area.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Foot pain: Try resting it (for 1-2 weeks), icing, compressing wraps or bracing, and elevating your rolled ankle. Take otc antiinflammatory drugs like advil (ibuprofen) or Motrin as directed by the manufacturer to help. If clicking or feeling of ripping or instability, get it checked out by a foot doctor (podiatrist). Hope this was helpful, good luck!
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Heel pain: Dr. Sung is spot on on his advise. As a nurse with so many hours on your feet i would add orthotics to disperse weight of the area and make your day much better!

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