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On Your Feet All Day?

Posted on Mar 03, 2016

A growing number of desk-bound office workers are choosing to stand at their workstations, hoping to reap the health benefits associated with working while upright. Yet millions of Americans, such as nurses, wait staff, factory workers, and more, don’t have a choice about standing on their feet all day. And for many of them, working on their feet has the potential to negatively impact their bodies, their mental well-being, and even their productivity.

According to a survey conducted by Futuro Graduated Compression Legwear from 3M, standing workers said they felt less productive. And those who are on their feet for more than four hours a day also felt the effects in their personal lives, having skipped exercise, foregone socializing with friends, skipped playtime with their kids, and let household chores slide due to leg and foot discomfort. If you’re among the millions of Americans who have to work on their feet, here are some tips to help relieve discomfort related to walking and standing for long periods of time:

  •  Wear the right shoes. If you’re on your feet all day, avoiding dress shoes and high heels may be obvious, but you still may not be wearing the best shoe for your needs. Choose shoes made for people who stand a lot. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers tips for buying shoes and a list of APMA-approved footwear on its website, www.apma.org. No matter what type of shoe you choose, be sure that it fits properly and offers plenty of support.
     
  • Choose the right legwear. Socks and stockings can have a big impact on comfort, so look for legwear designed for people who are on their feet a lot. Legwear should never irritate, and should allow your feet and legs to breathe. If your ankles typically swell by the end of the day, consider graduated compression legwear which help reduce swelling, improve circulation, and massage tired, achy legs as you move. Compression legwear is available in a variety of styles, sizes and colors for both men and women, so it will look attractive while helping your legs feel good.
     
  • Stretch as much as possible. Some on-your-feet jobs allow you to move around a lot, while others require you to stand in one spot for extended periods. Simple stretches, such as pointing your toes, rotating your ankles, and drawing your heels back toward your thighs can help relieve stiffness and encourage circulation.
     
  • Pay attention to posture. Whether you stand in place or run around all day, your posture can affect how you feel at the end of the day, from your neck and shoulders all the way to your heels. Practice good posture. Stand or walk with your head up and shoulders back, striving to keep your spine in good alignment, with your ears, shoulders, and hips in a straight line.
     
  • Pamper your feet at home. Make foot care at home a part of your daily routine. Soak tired feet in a warm mineral bath, learn how to massage your feet and toes, use a pumice stone to reduce rough areas, and moisturize daily.
     
  • See a podiatrist for persistent pain. While it may be normal to feel tired at the end of your work shift, persistent foot pain is a concern. Remember foot pain is never normal and if pain persists throughout your off hours or on weekends, it may be time to see a podiatrist for help.
Foot and leg discomfort can negatively affect health, your work performance, and personal life. Some simple precautions and care can help your feet and legs feel better and allow you to stay on your toes throughout your work day.

For more information on any foot or ankle problem, contact Dr. Lockwood at Heartland Foot and Ankle at 309-661-9975 or visit their website at www.heartlandfootandankle.com. - See more at: http://www.healthycellsmagazine.com/articles/on-your-feet-all-day#sthash.CiODolGC.dpuf
A growing number of desk-bound office workers are choosing to stand at their workstations, hoping to reap the health benefits associated with working while upright. Yet millions of Americans, such as nurses, wait staff, factory workers, and more, don’t have a choice about standing on their feet all day. And for many of them, working on their feet has the potential to negatively impact their bodies, their mental well-being, and even their productivity.

According to a survey conducted by Futuro Graduated Compression Legwear from 3M, standing workers said they felt less productive. And those who are on their feet for more than four hours a day also felt the effects in their personal lives, having skipped exercise, foregone socializing with friends, skipped playtime with their kids, and let household chores slide due to leg and foot discomfort. 

If you’re among the millions of Americans who have to work on their feet, here are some tips to help relieve discomfort related to walking and standing for long periods of time:
 
  •  Wear the right shoes. If you’re on your feet all day, avoiding dress shoes and high heels may be obvious, but you still may not be wearing the best shoe for your needs. Choose shoes made for people who stand a lot. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers tips for buying shoes and a list of APMA-approved footwear on its website, www.apma.org. No matter what type of shoe you choose, be sure that it fits properly and offers plenty of support.
     
  • Choose the right legwear. Socks and stockings can have a big impact on comfort, so look for legwear designed for people who are on their feet a lot. Legwear should never irritate, and should allow your feet and legs to breathe. If your ankles typically swell by the end of the day, consider graduated compression legwear which help reduce swelling, improve circulation, and massage tired, achy legs as you move. Compression legwear is available in a variety of styles, sizes and colors for both men and women, so it will look attractive while helping your legs feel good.
     
  • Stretch as much as possible. Some on-your-feet jobs allow you to move around a lot, while others require you to stand in one spot for extended periods. Simple stretches, such as pointing your toes, rotating your ankles, and drawing your heels back toward your thighs can help relieve stiffness and encourage circulation.
     
  • Pay attention to posture. Whether you stand in place or run around all day, your posture can affect how you feel at the end of the day, from your neck and shoulders all the way to your heels. Practice good posture. Stand or walk with your head up and shoulders back, striving to keep your spine in good alignment, with your ears, shoulders, and hips in a straight line.
     
  • Pamper your feet at home. Make foot care at home a part of your daily routine. Soak tired feet in a warm mineral bath, learn how to massage your feet and toes, use a pumice stone to reduce rough areas, and moisturize daily.
     
  • See a podiatrist for persistent pain. While it may be normal to feel tired at the end of your work shift, persistent foot pain is a concern. Remember foot pain is never normal and if pain persists throughout your off hours or on weekends, it may be time to see a podiatrist for help.
Foot and leg discomfort can negatively affect health, your work performance, and personal life. Some simple precautions and care can help your feet and legs feel better and allow you to stay on your toes throughout your work day.

For more information on any foot or ankle problem, contact Dr. Lockwood at Heartland Foot and Ankle at 309-661-9975 or visit their website at www.heartlandfootandankle.com. - See more at: http://www.healthycellsmagazine.com/articles/on-your-feet-all-day#sthash.CiODolGC.dpuf

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