Dolly Parton might sing about working 9 to 5, however for most of us work is not a joyous occasion and it’s something we can’t avoid!

Your work can have serious implications on your feet no matter your occupation. Whether you’re an office worker who sits at a desk for 8 hours or a tradie who works on a building site.

From circulation and posture problems, through to lower back and heel pain – we wanted to provide you with a few tips to try and keep these issues at bay.

How you can keep your working feet happy

1. Choose the right shoes and socks

The right shoe is one of the most crucial items for any worker.

If your shoes are too small they can cut off circulation to your feet, increase your chances of blisters, and make walking or standing uncomfortable, if not unbearable.

Getting your feet properly measured can help you make better decisions when it comes to purchasing appropriate shoes and reducing discomfort.

If you are standing all day, arch support is very important to help reduce sore legs and feet.

Of course, if you are working on a job site – don’t forget those steep caps!

You could also consider light compression socks which can be useful to help tired, achy feet. These need to be fitted and measured by a Podiatrist. Get in touch with us if you'd like more information on this.  

2. Stretching is key

Sitting all day can create tight muscles and in time this can affect your overall posture. Remember to stop every 2 hours to stretch, relax and lengthen tightened muscles.

One of the best exercises would be a simple calf raise, this stretch helps pump blood out of the foot (where it has pooled while you were standing) and back to the body.

If you’d like to watch a calf raise click here.

3. Consider how you stand

Good posture is vital to keep away any future problems. Remember to keep your back straight and your head up so your shoulders are not slouched. Also try to always walk from heel to toe and without stomping your feet down on the ground.

4. Giving your feet some love in your down time

When you get home from work, it’s important to show your feet some love to help recover from a tough day.

Simple things you can do:

Elevate your feet to remove swelling – Raise your ankle or leg above your heart (or as far above your heart as possible). Two pillows will usually give you the correct elevation. This encourages fluid to move away from your leg.

A foot massage – Give your feet (or even better get your partner) to give your feet a quick rub to loosen up all the massages and joints.

Help the ache – Consider using a basin of cold water to help reduce the ache from the day. Don’t forget to make sure your feet are completely dry after to avoid slipping!

Read our full blog on foot care at home here.

If you are finding that your foot pain is constantly an issue after a day at work, it might be time to talk to one of the team here at Fit Foot Podiatry. Book in an appointment with us today!