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How Your Job Can Impact Your Feet

Your profession, while providing livelihood and fulfillment, can significantly affect the health of your feet. For those in physically demanding roles, such as healthcare workers, construction laborers, or retail employees, prolonged periods of standing or walking can lead to fatigue, strain, and an increased risk of conditions like plantar fasciitis or bunions. Conversely, sedentary jobs that require long hours of sitting can contribute to problems like weakened calf muscles, poor circulation, and the development of blood clots in the legs, known as deep vein thrombosis  Additionally, professions that involve wearing inappropriate footwear, like high heels or steel-toed boots, can lead to issues ranging from foot pain to chronic conditions such as ingrown toenails or neuromas. Regular foot care, including proper footwear selection, exercising, and taking periodic breaks to stretch and rest your feet, can mitigate the impact of your job on your feet. It is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for guidance tailored to your profession for advice on specific types of shoes to buy for the overall health of your feet. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Mark Majeski, DPM from Main Street Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our practitioner will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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