No matter your job, spending a large portion of the day on your feet is exhausting. Long hours, uncomfortable shoes, hard floors, and pre-existing conditions can cause swelling, pain, and other problems in your feet, ankles, and calves. However, there are things you can do to help reduce and relieve discomfort. Always consult your podiatrist in Manhattan or the local New York office if you are concerned about exacerbating issues.
During the Day
Being on your feet all day causes swelling as blood and other body fluids slowly build up in your lower extremities. In addition, constant pressure on the soles of your feet, leg muscles, and ankles increases soreness. Hours of walking and standing in the same pair of shoes can put you at risk for blisters, calluses, and joint pain. Anyone with pre-existing conditions such as bunions, bursitis, flat feet, etc. will find that these conditions are exacerbated after a long day. But there are solutions to these problems.
Making slight changes to your environment can go a long way in giving you an easier day. Consider if there are ways you can break up the long hours on your feet. Can any portion of the job be done sitting down? When you break for lunch, go somewhere and put your feet up for a few minutes.
If you are required to stand in one place for a long period of time, look into getting a cushioned anti-fatigue mat for added support under your feet.
The most important factor is your shoes. If you are on your feet for hours at a time you need shoes that will provide support and comfort. Make sure that your shoes fit you well, are designed with good arch and ankle support, and have enough cushion in the sole. Certain running shoes may be helpful because they are lightweight and protective.
Fasten your shoes securely and check that your socks are smooth across your feet. If you are noticing joint pain or other chronic issues talk to your podiatrist. They may recommend custom orthotics or other support.
Invest in 2 or 3 pairs of shoes that you can rotate through during a week. This will help to prevent blisters and calluses and allow the shoes to dry out between uses.
High-heeled shoes or shoes that constrict your feet are not recommended as they can reduce blood flow in your feet and cause joint damage and pain.
At the End of the Day
At the end of the day take extra time to care for your feet. Soaking your feet in warm water with Epsom salt can help to reduce swelling and pain. Inspect your feet regularly for cuts, blisters, and calluses. Sit with your feet up to allow the swelling to decrease. Take regular periods of rest weekly or as often as possible.
Best Foot Doctor NY, with multiple locations in Manhattan and the surrounding area, can evaluate your lifestyle and recommend custom orthotics, and other personalized support to help you. We want to empower you to be the best you can be!