Standing on Feet: How to Find the Right Balance
Standing on feet is a great way to balance the effects of sitting. But spend all day on your feet? Well, you’ll be saying my feet hurt after work! So how can you find the perfect balance? read on to learn more
Stand on Feet to Fight All Day Sitting
According to a recent study, office workers who spend most of their day sitting in a chair face serious health risk. To avoid complications, they have to spend at least two hours on their feet; this will reduce risk of heart attacks, cancer, or diabetes. The study, commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) and the Active Working Community Interest Company, suggests that this time should include “standing and light activity.” And, while they suggest starting at two hours, the goal should eventually increase to four hours. It also references growing evidence of the links between “sedentary living, including time at work, and the leading causes of morbidity and mortality (cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers).”
While working on the feet, it is important to care for them and not expose them to too much pressure. Here’s what that looks like!
Standing on Feet at Work
Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience changes in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and/or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.
Make Positive Changes
Look for negative-heeled shoes can help offset the effects of standing on feet. By choosing this shoe, you’ll place the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These styles are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.
Go barefoot, carefully. Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air. Just don’t spend too long without shoes, or you’ll increase your risk of foot and heel pain.
Eliminate Foot Pain
Already dealing with foot pain from standing on feet all day? Here are some ways to feel better.
Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.
Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.
With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.
Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Spring and Tomball, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.