If you have a job where you stand for long periods of time then I’m sure you have felt heel pain before. It becomes taxing on your body because often you are not able to get enough rest as you need to stand again the very next day at your job. Therefore, heel pain is very common among standing jobs.
It might seem strange but walking for an hour is actually easier on your ligaments, tendons and muscles. This is because while you walk your legs alternate and get a short “break” between steps where they aren’t supporting your body weight. However, when you are standing still your muscles need to stay constantly engaged, while supporting your body weight, to keep you upright. Secondly, while standing the heart has a more difficult time pumping blood to the feet and legs which results in less oxygen and reduced circulation.
So what can you do if you need to stand all day for your job? Here are some ways to make standing all day less painful.
Take Frequent Breaks
Try to take scheduled breaks, and spend them off your feet as much as you can. If you aren’t able to and your feet are hurting, try shuffling or walking in place to give your muscles and ligaments small rests throughout the day.
Stretching is a simple way to make a big impact on how your feet feel after standing all day. While on your breaks, stretch your heels, calves, and even your toes to strengthen the muscles and ligaments involved in standing. Be consistent with this practice and you’ll have stronger, more flexible feet and legs that can stand up to long periods of time on your feet.
If you are on your feet a lot then orthotics can be very helpful. Standing for long periods of time can flatten and strain the arch, resulting in heel pain or Plantar Fasciitis. By lifting the arch back to an optimal position, applying targeted acupressure, and soothing cushioning you can stave off damage while simultaneously relieving pain and discomfort.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
This one seems like a no brainer, but a good pair of shoes is absolutely critical for comfort while standing. Choose shoes that fully support your heel and ankle, have a thick sole, and arch support.
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