Many of us spend lots of time on our feet, and for certain people it's not an option: it's part of a daily job. So if this describes you, and foot pain is part of your regular routine, what can be done?
For starters, stretch out both the foot and calf area; the limberness you get from doing this will reduce the torque you endure on feet and heels when those areas are tight.
Also, massage your calf muscles and feet when you can. Just as flexible, pliable feet and calf muscles reduce the tension, relaxed ones will have the same effect. You can ease the tension and help this set of muscles relax with massage. The more the entire calf area is relieved of tightness and soreness, the less strain that your heel will undergo.
Try reinforcing your footwear with a heel cup or arch support insole. Either of these products can compensate for natural protection that your foot lacks, or for a shortcoming in a particular pair of boots or shoes you're wearing. An arch support will help prevent your plantar fascia from excessive stretching. When your arches become strained, they tug against the plantar fascia's point of attachment on your heel. If this excess occurs over time, you could acquire plantar fasciitis. An arch support will help alleviate this risk.
No easy answer exists as to complete relief of wear and tear on the feet, for that person who spends long hours on the feet; however, you can sway the odds in your favor by reinforcing your feet with strength and flexibility, wearing top foot wear with inserts if needed, and employing massage before and after a workday. The described combo can work wonders.