Do you find that your feet are achy and sore every night? If you've recently started spending more time on your feet after being more sedentary, you might just need a little time to adapt. However, there are many other possible explanations for your soreness.
You're wearing the wrong shoes.
Whether you walk a mile a day or spend the entire day standing, it's essential that you're wearing supportive shoes. If not, then you are most likely experiencing foot and ankle pain every now and then. Heels are never a good choice, but another common mistake is wearing shoes that are too narrow. Narrow shoes don't allow your toes to spread out and distribute your weight properly. This causes your foot to "curl up," putting stress on various tendons and ligaments and ultimately leading to soreness.
Some shoe stores only sell shoes in medium, or B width. But these shoes don't fit everyone well. If your foot is on the wider side, you may need to visit a more specialized shoe store for C or D width shoes. Make sure the ones you choose have flexible, yet well-padded soles to keep you comfortable.
You're not walking around enough.
Standing in one place is actually harder on your feet than walking around a bit throughout the day. When you stand, the same muscles and tendons support your weight the whole time. When you walk, the muscles that you use vary – plus, the walking helps increase circulation in your feet, which keeps inflammation at bay.
If you have to stand at work, at least try to talk a quick walk around every hour or so. You can also just shift your weight from foot to foot, essentially walking in place, from time to time.
You're developing a foot deformity that's bothering you.
Take a good look at your feet. Do you notice that your big toe is starting to bend inward? You may be developing a bunion, and the pressure your shoe is placing on it could be causing your soreness. If one of your toes is staying in the "curled up" position, you probably have hammertoe.
There are splints and orthotics sold at drugstores for people with hammertoe or bunions. Wearing one throughout the day can help keep you comfortable. If this does not give you relief, see a podiatrist. They may design you customized orthotics to wear inside your shoes or recommend a specific model of shoe that will work better for your feet. Cortisone injections into the sore area can also provide relief.