When You Work, So Do Your Feet
You don’t give your feet much thought when they’re tucked away in shoes and don’t hurt. But it’s hard not to notice them after hours of standing on rough or hard surfaces, especially when you’re wearing shoes that don’t provide much padding or support.
Working on concrete or marble floor puts constant pressure on your feet. Shoes make a difference in foot comfort too, and high heels are the worst feet abusers. You have little toe room and their height puts unnatural stress on your toes.
If you work at a job where you’re on your feet a lot, you’re more at risk for painful foot problems.
Many People Struggle with the Aches and Pains of Working Feet
How Common Is Foot Pain?
According to an American Medical Podiatric Association (AMPA) survey, 77 percent of Americans experience foot pain. Half of adult Americans say that foot pain has restricted their activities to some degree. The best trained medical professional to help you with foot pain is a podiatrist. Podiatrists are physicians, specialists and surgeons. Foot pain isn’t normal and if you experience chronic foot pain, you should see a podiatrist.
What Are Common Problems with Working Feet?
- Pains or aches in the heels, arches and balls of the feet
- Aching legs
- Varicose veins
- Numbness or tingling due to poor circulation
- Foot discoloration
- Swelling (in feet, ankles and legs)
- Joint damage
- Knee, hip, back or neck pain resulting from foot deformity
- Corns and calluses
- Foot skin conditions
- Flat feet
TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET
Tips to Help You Avoid Foot Problems
- Make sure your shoes are comfortable (wide enough and wiggle room for toes)
- When buying shoes, walk around in them a bit to ensure they’re comfortable
- Allow room for the width of your finger between your toe and the end of your shoe
- You shouldn’t have to break in new shoes – they should start out feeling comfortable
- Wear shoes appropriate for your type of work (steel tipped work boots for construction workers or supportive walking shoes for waitresses)
- If you must wear high heels, limit the heel to 1 1/2 inches
- If constantly on your feet, wear 3/4 inch heels
- Vary the heel heights you wear
- Do calf stretching exercises (tight calves lead to heel pain)
- Alternate wearing different shoes, especially if your feet sweat
When your hard working feet hurt, visit Dr, Sciortino and get relief now!
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