There are many jobs and occupations that require a worker to be on their feet all day. Whether the work requires stationary standing or walking the feet, legs and back still feel it. Most people who work on their feet report some form of discomfort or pain from their jobs. Standing on your feet all day can result in plantar fasciitis, varicose veins, low back pain and a host of other ailments. However, many do not know that discomfort and pain could be avoided by simply wearing the right shoes and following a foot care routine. You may be tempted to skip the routine but making that extra effort daily can go a long way for pain free days.
1.)Wear Shoes That Fit
This may seem obvious but many people wear shoes that are too small for their feet which can result in blisters and discomfort from lack of circulation. Take the time to get properly fitted for shoes every now and then as your foot size can change as a result of life experiences. For example, many mothers report foot size increasing after bearing children. When getting your feet fitted do so at the end of the day rather than at the beginning as feet swell and are larger at the end of a day. If you wear any foot inserts or orthotics be sure to get at least a half size larger to accommodate them. Also avoid completely flat shoes. The best shoes would have a heel elevation of between ¼-inch and 2 inches according to health and occupational studies.
2.)Sit and Stretch Every Hour
Take a few minutes every hour to sit down for a few minutes and do a few stretches. Simply by sitting you can relieve the weight pressure on your feet and you will be amazed at how revived your feet will feel after a few minutes. Also, stretch out tightened muscles by doing a few simple stretches. Some good ones to try are calf raises, runner’s stretch
3.)Add Cushion to Hard Floors
If you stand mostly in one area for your job without very much movement the hard floor will feel extremely hard by the end of the day. By simply adding a cushioned floor mat will decrease the impact you feel and make your feet feel more comfortable throughout the day.
If you have sore feet or pain from working on your feet, contact us to see what options you have to relieve your pain.