Some have no choice when it comes to standing on their feet all day. Between a job where you may need to be on your feet all day to other life commitments. Built up over time this continuous standing may lead to other issues that make standing uncomfortable. What are you to do when you can’t exactly walk away from situations like work every day? You make life on your feet easier. Universally known, pain resulting from standing for long periods of time is common. This pain can be just about anywhere too. Your ankles, toes, shins, and the list goes on.
So how can you make life easier if you’re on your feet all day?
Choices to consider
Reducing time and strain on your feet is done in different ways. Depending on what you’re capable of considering circumstances keep in mind the following options.
Have you ever noticed that walking on softer surfaces us much more appealing than hard ones like concrete or tile? Soft surfaces reduce pressure on your feet and legs when standing. There is a good range of options for floor mats that can be found in departments stores and online. You don’t need to cover the entire area of your workplace with soft surfaces either. Just enough to affect where you spend most of your time.
A couple different satisfying stretches can be done to make standing on your feet all day easier. The first one on our list is a thigh stretch. Begin by finding something to hold on to for balance. If you’re comfortable not holding on to something for balance you can skip this part. Then bend the leg you’d like to stretch at the knee. Finally, grab your foot and slowly bring it closer to your buttocks. You don’t need to touch your heel to your buttocks completely, just enough to where it doesn’t hurt you.
The second and easier stretch on our list is calf stretches. We have mentioned this pain relieving stretch in one of our recent articles as well. To perform a calf stretch stand facing a wall with your palms flat against it. Place your left leg slightly forward than your right and bend it. Your right foot needs to be completely flat on the ground behind your left foot. You can test bending your left leg at the knee to increase the calf stretch but only as needed. There are a few renditions of the calf stretch that can be done according to your preference.
Moving away from stretches here we will point out an often looked passed option. Sitting down. Who would have ever thought? Surely if you’re at work you only want to take advantage of sitting down on breaks. Otherwise, if you’re having a long day and your feet begin to hurt go find yourself somewhere comfy to sit. If you have an office job and already sit down most of the day, lucky you.
Create an Evernote of these standing reliefs or whatever you have to. Just make sure to remember them when you’re standing for long periods of time.
Complications from standing on your feet all day
Many. As we get older one knee and joint pain begins to stand out more than ever. We can’t control aging but it is a burden that may get in the way of standing for long periods of time. Aside from aging the outcomes of standing on your feet excessively over the years vary person to person like any other condition. If you feel like you’re experiencing pain or a new condition as the result of standing you should contact your doctor immediately.
Some of the problems induced by standing:
- Knee issues
- Plantar fasciitis
- feebleness or fatigue
- Low blood circulation
- Incorrect and bad posture
The list can go on depending on how severe your case has become. These problems can often be avoided or treated by speaking with a podiatrist. If you have any of these conditions or are worried about the pain brought from standing – give our office a call at (303) 422-6043 or make an appointment online at tmfa.co/visit