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Foot Care For Tired Nurses

Guest Author - Helen V. Calalang-Javier, MSN, RNC, IBCLC

Swelling and tired feet are very common among nurses especially after working for twelve hours. According to most research, three out four Americans experience foot problem in their lifetime and women have four times as many foot problems than men.

The lower extremities especially the feet support the body structure. The foot alone contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments, of which 1/4 of all the bones in the human body are found in the feet. When the feet are misaligned, the whole body is affected. There are so many ways to get foot problems especially among nurses. Being on your feet for long hours can definitely contribute to foot pain. In addition, other conditions such as leg edema, varicosity, arthritis, and acquired or congenital foot deformity are some contributing factors to foot and leg pain. Other extrinsic factors include wearing tight fitting shoes and high-heeled shoes can aggravate foot pain.

Using essentials oils can relieve foot injuries, pain, and tone the muscles. A well cared feet and muscles can withstand stress from too much walking or long standing. Massage oils, ointments, soaks, compresses are some of the alternate remedies to keep the feet and muscles supple and in shape. Special blend of essentials oils cab be used to alleviate foot pain, tiredness, and swelling.

For tired and over-used leg muscles, use these oils for massage:
Mix these 3 oils and dilute in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil:
  • Eucalyptus 5 drops

  • Peppermint 5 drops

  • Ginger 5 drops


  • Foot oil blend that be used after walking, jogging, or running. Mix these essential oils in 1 teaspoon or 5 drops of vegetable oil per massage using these proportions.
  • Rosemary 5 drops

  • Peppermint 3 drops

  • Lavender 4 drops


  • A simple foot soak of 3 drops of rosemary oil and 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl of warm water can soothe tired feet or 3 drops of lavender oil in a bowl of ice water will relieve swollen feet.

    Here are some more essential oils that be used to massage over the legs before or after bath and after exercise. Just put few drops in a washcloth and massage over the legs: black pepper, ginger, rosemary, lavender, cypress, basil, thyme, juniper, peppermint, grapefruit, orange, lime, birch, and pettigraine.

    Lavender oil has antibiotic properties and can be used for any cut or blisters. Oil of tagetes from African marigold is an excellent cure for bunions.

    Taking care of the feet is important. There are several ways to keep your feet pain free.
  • Keep your feet clean and toe nails short.

  • Wear well-fitting shoes. Nurse’s shoes are made to support your feet for long hours of work.

  • When on break, elevate your legs and perhaps remove your shoes to release the pressure.

  • Wear a support stockings, this can help maintain your leg circulation and oftentimes prevent foot edema.

  • Check your foot for any cut or other presence of calluses, blisters, corns or other foot condition. Use essential oil blends for massage or foot soaks.

  • Visit your podiatrist if you experience severe pain that causes limitation in your movement and aligning of your feet.

  • Considered foot massage and foot soaks to relieve the pain.


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