Negative Effects of Working on the Feet

Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Prolonged standing and walking during the workday can take a toll on your feet, leading to various types of pain and potentially serious conditions. Studies show that a significant portion of the workforce, especially in industries such as retail, manufacturing, and service, spend extensive hours on their feet each day. Continuous standing and walking on the job places undue stress and inflammation on the numerous bones, joints, muscles, and connective tissue in the feet. Conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, bunions, and corns can arise, worsened by weakened arches and structural changes. In addition, discomfort and fatigue often extend beyond the feet, affecting the legs, back, and even the neck. Chronic inflammation and stress may lead to long-term complications, emphasizing the importance of seeking medical intervention. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment suggestions to help reduce job-related foot pain. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact John McGhan, DPM from Gold Canyon 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 Gold Canyon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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