We all know that it’s great to be active, and dental assistants are always on the go! In fact, we asked dental assistants just how much they walk in a given day, and the results proved it: On average, our respondents covered five miles in a single day. For those of us with “step trackers,” this can be equivalent to taking over 12,000 steps a day!
With all the running around dental assisting requires, it’s only natural that your feet will need a little extra love. Here are a few ways you can help deal with the stress of being on your toes all day.
Find the right shoes.
This is probably the most important tip because when your shoes aren’t comfortable, it’s hard to focus on anything else! It can take a bit of trial and error to figure out what type of shoes work best for you, but the right pair can make all the difference. It’s important to look for shoes that provide the right amount of arch support, toe room and flexibility for your feet.
“I walk around the office so much that I’ve been given the name ‘the Blur!’”
Stretch it out.
At the end of each day, find a few minutes to stretch or do a little yoga. This can help work out any tightness in your whole body, but especially your legs, calves and feet. It’s also great for relaxation!
“Dental assisting is my exercise.”
Go for a soak.
A hot shower or warm footbath is a great way to feel pampered after a long day. It’s also a great way to soothe aching calves and feet. Some people enjoy adding Epsom salt, essential oils or favorite fragrances to the bath for an added treat.
“I never stop walking.”
Elevate your feet.
After the workday, there’s still plenty left to do with family, social and household obligations. However, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself too! Try to find at least 10 minutes at the end of the day when you can sit and elevate your feet. This can reduce swelling, improve circulation and help you unwind.
How do you handle being on your feet all day? Let us know in the comments!