As one of the nation’s leading centers of both tourism and agriculture—and boasting warm-to-hot weather year-round—Coachella Valley residents are used to spending lots of time on their feet, either at work or at play. Whether you work in the fields, at the register, in a restaurant, in health care, or just like to get out for a hike or a game of tennis, you need sturdy feet to prevent foot, calf, leg, and back pain. Here are some of our top tips to prevent sore feet and stay active all day, every day:
- The right shoes make a huge difference. For long-term walking and standing, choose shoes that offer plenty of cushioning and support for your midfoot; you may need to look into shoe inserts or orthotics if you have especially low or high arches. Low, slightly raised heels (at least 1/4 of an inch, and no more than 2”) are preferred over flats, too. Shoes should always be properly sized (ask a store attendant for help) and comfortable without requiring a “break-in” period; tight shoes restrict circulation and can cause other problems, such as friction blisters.
- Take frequent breaks to stretch those stiff muscles. At least once every hour or two, take a few minutes to relax tightness in your legs and feet. If you’ve been standing a lot, a few minutes to sit and rest can be a big help. Some stretches that target your calves, Achilles tendon, or other sore muscles can really help loosen the tension and prevent pain from setting in. Even remembering to shift your weight periodically from side to side can prevent sore feet for longer periods of time.
- Workplace modifications. If it makes sense for your situation, ask your employer about adjustable-height workstations, anti-fatigue mats, or other technologies designed to relieve foot, leg, and back pain for frequent standers.
Aches and pains can really ruin your day, especially if you work in a field where standing and walking are part of the territory. We hope that these tips will help you prevent sore feet on the job, but if you’re still struggling with pain, call Harvey Danciger, DPM. From shoe modifications and orthotics to laser therapy and more, he is Coachella Valley’s expert when it comes to foot pain management. Call our office in Palm Desert today at (760) 568 – 0108 for an appointment.