Healthcare and many other professions, such as teaching, food service, retail, construction, cosmetology and factory work often require workers to stand on their feet for numerous hours at a time. What can you do to protect your feet and pamper sore calf muscles after a long day of standing and walking?
PCRMC Podiatrist Christopher Johnson, DPM, recommends the following tips to alleviate minor aches and pains and make sure your feet are getting the attention they deserve:
- Your feet and muscles become fatigued when you stand all day, and this can cause them to hurt. Make sure you invest in a good, supportive shoe that provides comfort, stability, cushioning, shock absorption and arch support. There are many high-quality athletic shoes on the market, like Asics and New Balance, which are designed to help protect feet and ankles.
- Stay well hydrated by drinking water throughout the day and take a few minutes to stretch your muscles when you can.
- Powerstep orthotic shoe insoles are the best over-the-counter orthotic available. Powerstep orthotics provide an extra layer of cushioning, arch and heel support to help alleviate pain caused by many common foot conditions. PCRMC employees can invest in a pair of Powerstep orthotics at the PCRMC Employee Pharmacy. You can also purchase them at Key Sport Shop in Rolla or online at https://www.powersteps.com/.