If you are one of the many people whose work requires standing for long periods of time, pain in the legs and feet is a familiar problem. While you may not be able to change the nature of your job, there are some things you can do to ease these kinds of pain or potentially prevent them from arising.
You can try these simple tips to stand tall against leg and foot pain:
Wear the right shoes
It might sound counterintuitive, but shoes with flat soles aren’t the best for prolonged standing. Choose a pair with heels elevated by at least ¼ of an inch and less than 2 inches. Heels that are too high and shoes that are too tight can cause cramps, numbness, and premature muscle fatigue.
Take time to stretch
Stop once an hour to stretch. Calf raises are a simple way of relaxing and lengthening your tightened muscles.
To avoid fatigue from dehydration, keep a water bottle within your reach.
Try these home remedies
At home, there are methods you can do to help your feet recover from long hours of standing and prepare them for next day’s work.
- Ice your Feet. Dipping your feet in a bucket of iced water for 20 minutes can relieve the pain and fight the swelling caused by prolonged standing. This is recommended for those without vascular problems in the lower limbs.
- Massage your Feet. You can roll your feet (from heel to toe) over a tennis ball, baseball or a bottle filled with cold water. This will stretch your tightened foot muscles and will aid in your feet’s quick recovery.
- Elevate your Legs. You can do this by lying on your bed and placing your feet against a wall or on a pile of pillows so that they are propped above the rest of your body. This will help your feet recover from the swelling faster.
Take OTC medication
You can pop over-the-counter pain medications for quick relief. Ask your local pharmacist for a list of trusted of pain relievers.
If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
ASC Ref Code: U123P071118A, U126P071118A, U127P071118A