While the coronavirus is still a deadly threat in America and across the world, businesses and other sectors are beginning to open back up with precautions in place. Restaurants, bars and department stores are all starting to open back up with social distancing and virus mitigation strategies in place, which means countless workers are headed back to their jobs. And if they are now expected to be on their feet again all day, problems can occur if they aren’t careful. In today’s blog, we share some tips for safely getting back on your feet.
Starting A Job Where You’re On Your Feet All Day
If you’re starting a new job where you’re going to be on your feet all day, or you’re heading back to a job where you’re expected to stand for most of the day, keep these tips in mind.
1. Comfortable and Supportive Shoes – This is far and away the most important point to remember. Choose function over fashion whenever possible at your job, especially if you’re going to be on your feet all day. Standing on hard floors in unsupportive shoes can lead to foot pain, muscle soreness and even contribute to bunion development. If you have to wear certain types of shoes, or your favorite pair aren’t the most supportive, consider adding orthotic inserts to provide more padding and support.
2. Take Breaks – This is a little easier said than done, especially on busy days, but make sure you find some time to get off your feet throughout the day. When there is downtime, find a place to sit and perform some duties, or just ensure that you’re getting off your feet during your scheduled breaks. Your feet and calves will thank you for these short breaks throughout the day, and it can help to prevent pain from developing.
3. Condition – When you have some time off, it’s important to get regular exercise in order to help build up the muscles you use most. Go for a run or do a leg-focused gym routine. We wouldn’t advise this before back-to-back 10-hour shifts, but when you have some time, work to improve the muscles you use most during your job with regular exercise.
4. Pamper – Finally, when you’re not at your job, give your feet a little R & R after a hard day’s work. Soak them in a warm bath, give them a gentle massage or just put them up on the ottoman and relax. Strengthening your feet when you’re not on the job is important, but so too is giving them a break and allowing them to recover from the rigors of the day.
And if you’re dealing with sharp, intense or worsening foot pain due in part to your job, consider setting up an appointment with Dr. Silverman or a foot specialist in your area. We can help set you up with custom orthotic inserts or diagnose and treat an underlying issue. For more information, give Silverman Ankle & Foot a call today at (952) 224-8500.