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Protecting the Feet While Working

Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

Standing for long periods of time during the work day can wreak havoc on the feet. Sore and swollen feet are common complaints from people who stand for the majority of the day at work. Excessive pressure on the feet from standing for long periods may cause insufficient blood flow, leading to overall fatigue and foot discomfort. It is beneficial to shift the body weight from one foot to the other as often as possible, which may help to improve blood supply to the feet. Additionally, it is vital to wear shoes that fit correctly and the feet may feel better while standing on an anti-fatigue mat. Performing foot stretches during a break at work may soothe aching muscles and may help to improve overall productivity. If you have a job that requires standing for long periods of time, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can provide you with additional tips on how to protect your feet while at work.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Robbi Young from Grand Haven Foot & 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.

Positive Changes

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.

Eliminate Pain

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 our office located in Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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