Hello everyone! I just started my apprenticeship this week and I am very green. Never worked electrical at all until this week, but I am really liking it so far. The problem is that my feet/calves are killing me from going up and down the ladder so much. I know this is part of the trade and to be expected, but does anyone have any tips or tricks to soothe the pain and swelling until my body adapts to the new routine? Thanks!
I will second the footwear comment. 99% of foot problems are caused where the rubber meets the road.
BTW be very careful about shoving tools in your pocket, particularly screwdrivers and other pointy stuff. If you fall they can become weapons, poking holes in your body where holes don't belong. The company I used to work for had a strict rule about never carrying tools in your pocket.
Next week you will be pulling wire and your back and shoulders will hurt so much you'll forget about your feet. Wait till you get to put in your first 100 receptacles. I have had more guys find out what they are in for doing simple little jobs than anything else. Electrical work is a life time of pain in some area of the body. Take care of your back and stay physicaly fit as possible.
Welcome to the trade ! Please feel free to post your questions here. We always enjoy a new fresh topic. Be very careful about tools in your pockets. Screwdriver into the kidney is no fun. Buy the best boots you can !! I always wear Redwings. Expensive but they last and are comfortable. Like the others said these pains will pass and other pains will come.