The average American works 40+ hours a week. If you have a job that requires you to stand on your feet for the majority of this time, it can start to get painful. Think about it. If you’re a hairdresser, bank teller, waiter/waitress/hostess, housecleaner, construction worker, teacher, or involved in many other honorable professions, your feet work hard to keep you supported so you can support yourself and your family. While you can’t decide to turn around and just quit your job because your feet hurt, there are steps you can take to make your sure your feet are taken care of while you’re on the job.
You might not think of a masseuse as someone who has foot pain, but they are often on their feet for most of the day helping others relax. The article below is directed toward people in the massage industry, but offers some valuable information for anyone experiencing foot pain while on the job. Continue reading to learn more.
Posted by: David Garras, Massage Magazine
How to Keep Your Feet Healthy on the Job
The right footwear and between-session exercises can help get rid of those aches and pains.
If you’re like many massage therapists, you spend all day focusing on the fitness and care of your clients. Sometimes your own self-care can slip your mind—especially when it comes to your feet. Tired, sore or swollen feet make a long day feel even longer. Maintain your endurance by following a few simple tips:
Check your shoes. You know how important biomechanics are for your clients. Worn-out, unsupportive, ill-fitting shoes are bad for you, too, and can contribute to foot pain and fatigue. Look for shoes with proper arch support, which helps distribute weight evenly when you’re standing all day.
Stand firm. When you’re in a session, plant your feet firmly on the floor and distribute your weight evenly through both feet. Standing on the balls of your feet for prolonged periods of time can aggravate foot pain.
How about the floors? Hard floors pose additional challenges to feet and ankles when you’re standing all day. Place a supportive mat or rug under you to cushion the area and reduce the impact on your lower legs.
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If you’re experiencing foot pain beyond swelling, aches and pains that go away after putting them up and resting at night, a good foot soak, or changing your shoes, it’s important that you get evaluated by a podiatrist so the foot problems causing the pain don’t get worse.
Contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare below for a free evaluation. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.