Sitting at a desk all day long, with little time for movement, or spending prolonged time working on your feet, both have challenges. Paramedics, nurses, teachers, wait staff, and retail workers are some examples of those who spend a significant amount of time standing or walking while working. There are things one can do to minimize the detrimental effects of working on the feet. Simple things include investing in comfortable, supportive, and well-fitting footwear, getting feet massaged, and soaking one’s feet after a long day. One can also stretch the feet and legs if they must spend significant time on their feet while working. Calf raises and standing on one’s toes and balancing are things that can be done within minutes while at work and without raising awareness or requiring extra space or equipment. Elevating the feet when given a chance is helpful too. As people who have sedentary types of jobs need to make time to move more, and those who spend most of their workday on their feet need to make time for relaxation. If you have foot pain from having a job that requires you to be on your feet for an extended time, consider seeing a podiatrist for more helpful tips to increase your comfort and prevent chronic foot issues.
While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Working on Your Feet
Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.
Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.
Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.
Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.
Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.
With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.