Work at Caring For Your Feet and They Will Work For You!
Anyone unfortunate enough to have a job that requires standing all day can attest to the struggles that often come with it. Aches and pains from head to toe can result from being on your feet for long periods of time. Foot injuries in particular are very common. In fact, the National Safety Council shares that there are nearly 120,000 job-related foot injuries in an average year, and that one-third are toe injuries.
Whether you are a waiter, construction worker, nurse, sales clerk, assembly line worker or a flight attendant, we want you to know that working on your feet doesn’t have to be painful. A little investment and attention will go a long way in helping your feet stay healthy and pain-free so you can do your job to the best of your ability. We believe we can help you in this endeavor. Take these tips seriously and contact us at the start of any foot pain
so we can find the problem and offer you effective solutions. Call Dr. Harvey Danciger at (760) 568-0108.
Shoes Make a Difference
The right pair of shoes will be crucial in keeping you happy and energized while on your feet all day. Unfortunately, we see too many patients who simply do not know what kind of shoes their feet need. If you need to walk around a lot, look for a style that is lightweight. Your shoes should have good rubber soles to absorb shock and cushioned insoles for comfort. You may have a certain foot structure that needs a specific shoe in order to be comfortable. If you have high arches, flat feet, wide feet, narrow feet, or a deformity such as bunions or hammertoes, the wrong shoe will only put strain on your foot and lead to pain. One cause of foot pain is when shoes are too small. Your feet will naturally swell over the course of the day and even more so if you are on them for hours on end. Shop for shoes later in the day to get an accurate fit. If you are unsure about all of this, we can easily help you identify what shoes would be best for your feet.
Don’t Forget About Socks
Believe it or not, foot pain and problems can start because of your choice in socks. The plain cotton ones in your drawer from 10 years ago just may not cut it. The right socks can actually improve the health of your feet. Socks with moisture-wicking properties will keep feet dry and help prevent fungal infections. A thicker sock can provide extra padding if needed and protect against blisters. If your feet tend to sweat, bring an extra pair to work and change out if needed.
Reduce Pain by Standing on Comfort
Standing or walking on hard concrete can put a lot of strain on your feet, knees, hips and lower back. Even a rug or a piece of cardboard can reduce the stress on your body, or ask your company to provide an anti-fatigue mat specifically designed to provide extra comfort to workers on their feet all day.
Clock Out Before Your Feet Give Out
As busy as your day might be, do not forgo your allotted breaks. When you have a small break or leave for lunch, avoid staying on your feet. Putting your feet up for even 5 minutes can help reduce pain and swelling. If you are able, take a short walk or remove shoes and massage the soles of your feet on a frozen water bottle for a quick foot re-energizer.
If these tips are failing to provide you with the relief you need and you are still having foot woes at work, please contact Dr. Harvey Danciger. We can examine your feet to find the root for your chronic foot pain. Don’t let pain stop your day or interfere with your job any longer. Call our office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108 or visit our homepage to request an appointment online.