Tips for Dealing with Sore Feet on the Job
Many jobs require a whole lot of time on your feet. After a long day of pounding, everything can hurt from heel to toe. Whether you are a nurse, a food server, a chef, a sales person or a construction worker, you know exactly what I am talking about: sore feet on the job. Some of you may have specific conditions like plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, or Tarsal Tunnel syndrome. Some of you may be experiencing aching, numbness, burning, itching, throbbing and tingling. No matter how your feet feel, the work must go on and on and on. In order to keep going on your feet all day, a few tips can help ease your pain.
If your job requires you to stand in one spot or in a very small area for hours on end, you might want to consider some special floor mats. An extra layer of cushioning between your feet and the cold, hard ground can not only make your feet happier, but can also make your whole body happier too. Chefs, in particular, really recognize the value of good quality floor mats. If you look in any professional kitchen, you will probably see a few feet standing on a mat. Gel mats seem to be the most popular type. Maybe your work station or even your home could use one or two?
However, if you are on the go, covering some ground, a floor mat is a bit impractical because it does not move with you. That is why many people with sore feet at work use shoe insoles. Some like the value of the 2 oz Miracle Insole. Some like the gender specificity of the Spenco For Her Total Support Insole. Compared to the cost of a good pair of shoes, the insoles really do offer an affordable solution for sore feet on the job. Unfortunately, the insoles are not built to last more than three months with really heavy use or six months with moderate use. If coupled with a good, supportive shoe, the insole will last longer and feel even better.
Good shoes are worth every penny if you need to spend a majority of your day on your feet and on the move. I cannot say enough about the importance of a Rocker Bottom Soled Shoe. Many walking shoes and hiking boots have a rocker-bottom built into the front or forefoot of the shoe. And for most people that is all you need, a good pair of walking shoes in white or dark. For those who need a safety shoe or boot, look for the ones with the curved soles. The curvature of the sole reduces the amount of stress on the joints and ligaments in the foot because this curvature rolls the foot along from the moment the heel strikes the ground to the moment the toes lift off.
The Shape-up or Toning Shoes have a rocker bottom covering the entire area from heel to toe. Although these shoes are shamefully misrepresented, they do have a value for those who have very sore feet on the job, especially those with Morton’s Neuromas. One woman wrote about her experience with the Shape-up Shoes,
“I have a Morton’s Neuroma in my right foot and walking had been painful due to pressure on the front of the foot. ShapeUps eliminate that pressure and have allowed me to walk again.”
But even good shoes cannot overcome some adversities like obesity. Obesity is probably one of the biggest causes of foot pain. By reducing the amount of weight your feet have to endure all day long, you might experience less pain at the end of the day. And if you are carrying too much weight on your frame, you should definitely be wearing good, supportive shoes.
Nothing is more distracting then really sore feet on the job. You might not be able to focus on your work if all your mind can think about is getting off your feet, taking your shoes off and putting your feet up. But, the work must go on. If your feet are in pain, think about how to increase the amount of cushioning underneath your feet with floor mats or insoles. If you need to move around a lot, you will also need to think about support in a well built shoe that can help keep you rocking. No matter what kind of job keeps you on your feet, you need to keep those feet happy to keep you happy.
Christina Lasich, M.D., wrote about chronic pain and osteoarthritis for HealthCentral. She is physiatrist in Grass Valley, California. She specializes in pain management and spine rehabilitation.