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Why Do I Have Foot Pain From Working?

Research has shown that approximately half of the working population spends their day standing. This can include professions such as restaurant employees, retail workers, and people who are employed in the medical profession. Foot pain is a common ailment that people have who work on their feet for the majority of the day. This may be a result of the feet absorbing the weight of the body, and pain can be targeted in the heels. Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are common foot conditions that can happen from standing, and discomfort may often radiate to the entire foot. There are effective preventive methods that can be implemented which may help to lessen heel pain. These can consist of standing on a stress mat provided by the employer and wearing shoes that have additional cushioning in the heel. Having foot pain can compromise the ability to perform to the best of one’s ability. If this applies to you, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can help you to alleviate the pain, and guide you toward choosing the best shoes to wear while working.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Mark Gagnon from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change 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.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Crestwood, Orland Park, and Summit, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about How to Handle a Long Work Day on Your Feet

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