Standing all Day: A Pain in the Feet

August 06, 2018

If you’re a sales clerk, bank teller or hair stylist, you and the thousands of other workers who spend eight hours a day on their feet know the toll that takes on your body. Sore, aching feet and swollen ankles are the norm, and common causes of sick days and visits to the podiatrist. It’s always important to pay attention to your feet; when you can’t make a living without healthy feet, it’s imperative. Besides bearing all of our weight, our feet affect our posture, which affects our gait, which in turn affects our knees, legs, hips, and back.

 

Standing all day is difficult enough. Standing in one place without moving around is even worse. Hard surfaces and unsuitable or ill-fitting footwear compound the problem and make us more vulnerable to a host of physical conditions:

 

  • Foot problems, including plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions, Achilles tendonitis, neuromas
  • Low back pain
  • Overall muscle soreness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Edema (swelling) in ankles, feet and legs
  • Poor circulation and chronic heart disorders
  • New or worsening varicose veins
  • Knee or hip joint damage

 

Inactivity affects circulation to and from your feet, slowing it down. Blood then pools in ankles, toes and heels, causing swelling. Prolonged swelling produces pain and discomfort from shoes fitting more tightly. If your muscles are not strong enough, your body will fatigue, affecting your posture. Bad posture can affect your ligaments and lead to injury. Developing conditions like plantar fasciitis are exacerbated by your altered foot posture. This vicious cycle can be tough to break.

 

There are steps you can take now to alleviate fatigue, protect your feet, and drastically improve your comfort level. Make an appointment with your podiatrist for a thorough examination. Flat feet or too-high arches could be causing your soreness and bad posture. Inflammation, neuromas, or a budding bunion could be playing a role in your suffering. A consultation with a credentialed DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) is also a good idea and an excellent investment in your health. A certified DPT can evaluate your whole-body mechanics, analyze your gait, and recommend strengthening exercises and stretching routines for the core muscles needed to support long periods of standing.

Simple adjustments to your daily routine also can improve your foot comfort. Thoroughly dry your feet after bathing. Moisture not only can cause fungus to thrive; it also causes friction, odor and even infection. Socks that wick moisture away are best. Footwear is obviously critical. Invest in well-made, comfortable shoes that allow you to move your toes. Too-flat shoes are not good; experts recommend at least a one-half inch rise.

 

Placing quality custom orthotic inserts in those shoes is the best investment you will ever make. Orthotics reduce stress on your feet, legs, hips, and back by keeping your feet in a neutral position. The orthotic lab at Foot Doctors Orthotics is overseen by experienced physicians and a certified Pedorthist, ensuring manufacturing held to the highest standards. Call us today at 888-736-5964 (or 877-533-0460?) or email customerservice@footdoctorsorthotics.com.