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how do i prevent swelling from prolonged standing?

i work as a cashier which requires me to stand for hours and hours and hours. (most is 7 hours) usually my legs especially my lower half would swell up and hurt like #@$#$@#. it hurts to walk or even to lay down. it usually gets better the next day but during the night (when it hurts the most) it would hurt so bad not even allowing me to get any sleep. so next time i work (tomorrow) how can i prevent my legs from swelling up?

Asked By: Crystal Type - 8/28/2010
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1. Buy better shoes. You need something with a really thick and comfortable sole. You will also want something that is high enough on your foot as to give you some ankle support. I reccomend running shoes (look for "cross trainers" - they do come in solid black as most jobs require and buy the good ones - $100 is worth... More
Answered By: SilverLynx - 8/28/2010
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because you are standing for such a long time the fluid in your body is going down to your feet because of gravity. to help this, try sleeping with pillows under your feet. allowing the fluid to move back through the body and reducing the amount in your legs. another thing is you might consider talking to your... More
Answered By: AmongtheShadows - 8/28/2010
 
If a lot of it is happening in your lower leg then releasing the muscles which uses the same release as the tendons do, should help you with that. Here's how to released your achilles tendon which likes to tighten up to give you problems... More
Answered By: Douglas B - 8/28/2010
 
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