By Rehan Iqbal
Your feet carry you around all day, every day and sometimes all night. It is estimated that most Americans take nearly 5000 steps every day. That works out to over 57,000 steps a year. It stands to reason that your feet could feel tired and achy at the end of a long day. The possibility for having tired, achy feet only multiplies as you grow older and all those steps begin to add up! What can you do? In this article, we provide sound advice to help you avoid and care for tired, aching feet.
Poorly fitted shoes are the main cause of tired, aching feet. This is especially true for women who wear high heeled shoes, but both men and women who wear improperly fitted shoes without enough padding and support can expect their feet to hurt.
Standing all day long will also make your feet hurt. If you have a job that requires you to walk or stand for hours at a time, this puts a real strain on your feet and legs. It's even worse if you must walk or stand on a hard surface, such as cement or hardwood. If your job requires you to bend, squat or otherwise assume an uncomfortable position, it only makes matters worse.
Standing is actually worse than walking. When you must walk all day, you at least keep your blood circulating and your joints limber. When you must stand in one place, blood and liquid pool in your lower extremities causing swollen feet and ankles. Your joints also tend to stiffen without regular movement.
If any of these circumstances apply to your situation, there's quite a bit you can do to mitigate the damage caused by bad shoes, hard floors and inactivity. Begin by throwing out your bad shoes and investing in a comfortable pair of high quality shoes with good cushioning, a roomy toe box, good heel stabilization and proper arch support. Take care to do some stretches throughout your workday, even if you must stand in one spot.
What Kind of Shoes are Best?
Look for shoes made of a breathable material, such as genuine leather or a sturdy fabric that allows air circulation. Avoid flat shoes as they simply cannot provide the right support and structure for your feet. Your heel should be between a quarter inch and two inches high. Look for shoes with memory foam soles, and add orthotics as needed to perfect the fit.
What Can You Do To Relieve Foot Pain At Work?
There are quite a few discreet foot and leg exercises you can do on the job to help alleviate foot pain.
Establish a Foot Care Routine at Home
Taking care of your feet at work can help relieve foot pain, but establishing a good care routine at home will probably still be necessary.
Exercise Your Achy Feet
Here are some discreet foot exercises you can do anywhere.
Take Care Of Your Feet!
You only have one pair of feet, and they have to last your whole life, so take good care of them. Keep your feet clean and dry and your toenails trimmed. Wear soft, cushiony socks and comfortable, supportive shoes. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet to guard your overall health and help you maintain a healthy weight. Rest and relax and pamper your feet as often as you can. Following these common-sense guidelines can go far toward helping you prevent and treat tired, achy feet.