Sitting at an office desk all day is not good for your health; on the other side of the stick, though, it is not healthy for those that are on their feet all day either. For example, nurses, servers, etc. all spend most of their shifts on their feet with little to no time for a break. Some of the most common problems these employees face are back problems and joint pain, though there are ways to alleviate these issues.
Oftentimes, these shifts last at least eight hours, which can really take a toll on your body, especially if you are lifting heavy objects or placing strain on your back. No matter your age, being on your feet for that long with no break, especially when this is an almost every day occurrence, leads to problems.
As mentioned previously, back problems and joint pain are common. However, other issues that crop up in research include sore feet, swollen legs, varicose veins, fatigue, and neck and shoulder stiffness. As research into this area is lacking, the effects of prolonged standing in regards to long-term effects are relatively unknown. Doctors and researchers are able to at least conclude that long-term effects will likely include back pain and muscle soreness.
Taking Preventative Measures
Fortunately, there are some steps you and your employer can take to alleviate the pain that stems from prolonged standing. Ensuring at least a fifteen minute break every four or five hours, where you can put your feet up, will help immensely. Exercising regularly to both maintain a healthy weight and good circulation will alleviate pressure placed on your feet. To avoid swelling, watch your salt consumption and always wear supportive and comfortable shoes.
Overall, it is important to take care of your feet. Without proper foot care, you will continue to experience negative effects of prolonged standing, and you likely will not last at a job where you are on your feet for a bulk of your time. Schedule an appointment with Alpine Foot Specialists if you are experiencing foot and ankle pain. We can fit you with custom orthotics or compression stockings, both of which are great for those that have a job that requires prolonged standing.
Courtesy of: Quality Foot Care