The workday can seem long when your feet hurt.

Podiatrists at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine give this breakdown of new advice for various people:

 

Steel-toed shoe wearers.

Try a soft over-the-counter sole, or see a podiatrist for a custom-made orthotic insert.

 

Diabetics:

Don’t buy shoes by how they feel. Get your feet measured so your feet won’t become crowded.

 

On your feet all day?

Get well-made shoes or sneakers with arch supports. Sometimes a custom-made orthotic insert is needed.

 

Pregnant women:

When your feet expand, buy a larger size shoe.

 

Everyone should buy shoes at the end of the day when feet are naturally larger.

 

Podiatrists recommend these exercises:

Sitting with feet on the floor, first lift just your toes and hold 10 seconds. Then with heels on the floor, lift the rest of the foot and hold for 10 seconds.

 

To stretch the Achilles tendons, stand away from a wall with feet a shoulder-width apart and toes pointed straight ahead. Lean forward, bending the elbows. Hold for 10 seconds.