All of us experience foot pain now and then, but when your job requires you to work on your feet for hours at a time, you could start to experience chronic foot pain. Since it’s not easy to just switch vocations – you most likely have extended experience in what you’re doing – you have to find a way to manage the issue. Learn some tips in the article excerpt below.
Posted by: Healthy Cells Magazine
On Your Feet All Day?
If you’re among the millions of Americans who have to work on their feet, here are some tips to help relieve discomfort related to walking and standing for long periods of time:
Wear the right shoes. If you’re on your feet all day, avoiding dress shoes and high heels may be obvious, but you still may not be wearing the best shoe for your needs. Choose shoes made for people who stand a lot. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers tips for buying shoes and a list of APMA-approved footwear on its website, www.apma.org. No matter what type of shoe you choose, be sure that it fits properly and offers plenty of support.
Choose the right legwear. Socks and stockings can have a big impact on comfort, so look for legwear designed for people who are on their feet a lot. Legwear should never irritate, and should allow your feet and legs to breathe. If your ankles typically swell by the end of the day, consider graduated compression legwear which help reduce swelling, improve circulation, and massage tired, achy legs as you move. Compression legwear is available in a variety of styles, sizes and colors for both men and women, so it will look attractive while helping your legs feel good.
Stretch as much as possible. Some on-your-feet jobs allow you to move around a lot, while others require you to stand in one spot for extended periods. Simple stretches, such as pointing your toes, rotating your ankles, and drawing your heels back toward your thighs can help relieve stiffness and encourage circulation.
Managing your foot pain may be enough, but if it’s still keeping you from doing your job to the best of your ability, then it’s time to do something about it.
Start by visiting a qualified podiatrist who can help narrow down the causes of your foot pain. Whether it’s flat feet that don’t offer you enough support, extra pressure being put on a bunion, or discovering you have misaligned feet and can quickly fix the issue with a procedure called HyProCure®, you’ll be taking a step in the right direction.
If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, contact a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare for a consultation. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.