If you have a job that keeps you on your feet day in and day out, chances are good that you are probably looking for some ways to keep those feet from feeling too tired, achy or sore. Standing for the majority of the day can be hard work for your feet, not to mention your legs and back. We know that just one foot problem could keep you out of work for many days, so why not take the extra precautions now to keep your feet healthy during those long, grueling days?
From poor circulation and joint damage to arthritis of the knee and bunions, there is a laundry list of symptoms, conditions, and injuries that can result from prolonged standing or moving around. Here are just some ways to prevent these issues from happening to you in the first place.
Take Some Time to Rest
We know that you probably don’t get a lot of breaks during the workday but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a little time here and there to actually give your working feet a rest. If it’s possible to still perform some tasks at work by sitting then, by all means, grab a chair and tackle them while sitting down and giving your poor feet and legs a rest. If you can alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day, this will go a long way to improving the health of your feet.
Stretch it Out
If you have to stand or walk around the majority of the day it’s important that you find time to stretch out your feet and legs. From simple exercises like spreading out your toes and holding the position for several seconds 10 times a day to the step stretch (which can help alleviate symptoms of plantar fasciitis and stretch out tight calves) to rolling a tennis ball under the arches of your feet, there are many ways to stretch out the muscles in the feet and legs to prevent stiffness and pain. Better yet, these exercises can be performed throughout the day without taking time away from your work.
The Shoes You Wear Matter
Despite the fact that you may want to wear your dressiest or stylish shoes to work, if you are on your feet for most of the day then you’ll want to trade in those shoes for something more practical and ergonomic. Comfort and support are key features to any shoes when you are on your feet for long periods of time. The shoes you wear could either provide the support and stability your feet need or they could leave them feeling sore, achy and weak at the end of the day. Turn to a shoe specialist who can fit you with the proper footwear for your individual needs.
If you have questions about how to properly care for your feet or whether orthotics could help provide additional stability and cushioning during those long days on your feet, then it’s time you turned to a foot doctor. We can help you decide which options are best for you.