With Vaccination rollouts occurring as we speak and low signs of community transmission in Australia at the moment, as a country, we seem to be going back to business as usual. How will our feet adapt as we swap out our pyjamas and bed socks for business clothes and work shoes
Somewhat painfully actually. Whether you’re back to cooking up a storm in hospitality, teaching children face-to-face in classrooms, or even if you never stopped working… constantly standing on your feet all day can cause short-term fatigue and lead to a myriad of lower limb and overall health issues. This includes chronic venous disease, varicose veins, tendonitis, and joint pains.
This is especially true if you need to wear formal / semi-formal shoes for work. As most of these shoes are not designed with the wearer in mind but rather the look of the shoes first. They usually have hard ‘wood-like’ soles with a very thin insole padding. (Like why couldn’t they just make this a little thicker).
So what exactly should you be doing to care for your legs and feet in your long work days?
1. Supportive Footwear
The shoes you wear will have the greatest impact on how you feel going back to work. It is important to choose comfortable and supportive shoes. For instance heels or shoes with narrow toe boxes, can cause your feet to bend into unnatural positions leading to damaged leg tendons, ingrown toenails, nerve damage and bunions.
Flats, particularly ones with a natural arch support and a large square-like toe box will allow your feet to rest in its most optimal position so you will have a much easier time adapting back to work.
One such shoe is our Empress Comfi Flats which look professional, stylish, but most importantly comfortable. In fact, it is designed exactly for standing at work all day and it also comes in WIDE Width. We are so sure you’ll love them that we offer a 30 day trial, meaning you can return the shoes even if you've worn them within 30 days of receiving them, and 365 days if they are not worn. Check them out HERE.
2. Exercise & Stretches
Stretching before a particularly long shift and throughout the day can be a great way to relieve aches and pains on the go. What’s more is that it can improve posture and increase blood flow, all without any equipment! For instance, try the following calf stretch:
1. While standing, place the right leg in front of the left leg.
2. Shift the body’s weight on to the front (right) leg, while keeping the back heel pressed into the floor. Hold this position for 15–20 seconds.
3. Repeat the stretch on the opposite side.
5. Professional Advice
Lastly, if all else fails, it’s always best to seek trusted medical and professional advice for your individual case. While short-term foot pain or acute foot pain can usually improve on its own with limited medical treatment, chronic foot pain on the other hand which can last for longer than three months may require imaging tests and other pain treatment options. If in doubt, seeking advice from a podiatrist or a recommended medical professional can help prevent further muscle and joint injury or damage so that you can get back on your feet quicker and without the added pain.
Overall, taking care of your legs and feet are integral to ensuring you can continue working. While the tips above can assist in reducing fatigue and pain, investing in the right supportive footwear as well as willingly making a habit of stretching, exercising or seeking medical advice can mean the difference between being able to work on your feet now, and not being able to in the future. Not sure where to begin? Why not take a look at the Empress range to see how our products can help you!