Did you know that standing still for extended lengths of time can harm your feet? Sometimes standing still can be just as problematic as moving around too much. Many of us work in jobs that require standing for long periods, and often this comes with the territory and cannot be changed. However, there are some things that you can do to minimise the impact on your feet and legs.
How Can Standing Still Harm Feet?
Your feet are the furthest part of your body from your heart. This means that it takes effort for the blood pumped to reach your feet and come back up. Moving around helps blood to circulate. Standing still for long periods means the blood flow is reduced. Reduced blood flow can cause aching and swelling in your legs and feet. Here we look at the effects this has on your vascular and musculoskeletal systems:
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
- Swelling of the feet and legs
- Varicose veins
- Lower back pain
- Knee pain
- Pain in the feet
How to Reduce Problems from Standing Still
Here are some things that can help your feet if you cannot avoid standing still for long periods.
Footwear – it is essential that you invest in good-fitting and comfortable footwear if you are on your feet a lot. These shoes should cushion and support all parts of your feet. High heels should be avoided, and you should opt for laced up shoes where possible, as they can be adjusted if your feet swell. Insoles are helpful, too. Correct alignment can ease the pressure on your foot muscles.
Compression socks – these can assist the blood with flowing back to your heart and therefore enhance circulation.
Changin position – changing your standing position frequently and raising your heels will help reduce the pressure on your feet.
Take breaks – it is important to take breaks, and all employers should ensure staff can rest when needed. Sitting down for twenty minutes can make a significant difference.
Elevate – elevate your feet when they feel swollen, sore or painful. You can use a chair or a cushion.
Baths – Epsom salt baths ease muscle tension and can relieve foot and leg pain.
Contact a podiatrist – speak with a podiatry specialist, such as Louisa Seymour Podiatry, for advice on foot issues. Specialist assessment, diagnosis, advice and treatment can make all the difference.
Get in touch with Louisa Seymour Podiatry on 01277 266870.