Do your feet ache on a regular basis? Do you have a job that keeps you on your feet all day long? If so, there are some things you can do to help relieve the discomfort. I don’t have to tell you how exhausted you can get from the long days on your feet. Especially when you don’t get many chances to get off them and take a rest. Some days they throb and ache in the evenings. And unfortunately, this wear and tear can have more adverse effects on your feet than everyday aches and pains.
Besides symptoms like discomfort, fatigue and swelling in the legs, you also put yourself greatly at risk for musculoskeletal disorders. Due to the strain on the feet, this spreads to the shins, calves, knees, thighs, hips and lower back. Also, you may find yourself facing some serious health concerns in the future.
People that experience long periods of prolonged standing daily can experience coronary heart disease, varicose veins, and chronic venous insufficiency. Work associated back pain is about twice as common in those who work standing compared to those who usually work sitting. As people age, it gets harder for them to cope with constant standing, too. They can develop or exacerbate arthritis, and get varicose veins.
So, the effects of standing all day can show up almost right away, and prolonged standing or walking can accelerate soft tissue injuries and health problems. The list is long as to the damage that can be done! It includes…
- Plantar fasciitis
- Muscle soreness and fatigue
- Varicose veins
- Lower back pain
- Knee or hip arthritis
- Pregnancy complications
- Neck and shoulder stiffness and pain
- High blood pressure
- Swollen or painful feet or legs
- Various foot problems and pain
- Circulatory and chronic heart disorders
- Joint damage
- Poor circulation in feet, which can lead to edema
The moral of this story is: if you must stand on your feet throughout the day because of your job, be sure to take breaks whenever possible to sit down! Good luck, and if you do need some help with a foot issue, McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. skilled team have 8 Houston locations available for consultation & treatment of your foot or ankle woes! Contact us!