It’s normal to feel a little tired at the end of an eight-hour workday. But how can you mitigate the aches and pains that come with staying on your feet all day, every day?
There are ways to alleviate the soreness that comes from working in an environment that requires long stretches of standing, walking, or remaining in one position for long hours.
Here are a few pieces of advice to keep in mind:
Get the right shoes to support your job and body.
Most workplaces will be upfront about what they consider proper attire, and shoes like flip-flops or sandals are among the first things on the prohibited list. If you’re working in a shop of any kind, that’s a no brainer. But how do you know which shoes are right? You’ll want something with a good, sturdy sole, with a gripping bottom if you’re standing on slick surfaces for an extended period of time. If you’re working around machinery that might put your toes in danger of injury, look for steel-reinforced shoes. Don’t overlook insole support, as that adds a layer of protection and cushioning between your feet and the hard floor.
If it has been a while since you’ve had your feet measured or been professionally sized for shoes, it’s essential that you do this before buying a new pair. It is always a good idea to ask the salesperson what kind of footwear is best for your occupation.
Don’t forget to stretch.
Standing still can cause muscle fatigue and contribute to achy feet. Do what you can to boost the oxygen levels in your muscles by taking a few moments throughout the day to stretch. We’re not talking about full-blown yoga poses, just some simple things that can help increase and improve circulation and keep those muscles feeling good. Calf muscle stretches — standing on a step or platform with your heels hanging over and moving up on your toes for a few seconds at a time — and a runner’s stretch — putting one leg at a time behind you as you push against a wall, lowering your heel and extending your leg– are both easy, simple and effective stretches to reinvigorate your muscles. If you have a chance, perhaps while on a break, take off your shoes and roll a water bottle or tennis ball around with your feet to give them a stretch too.
Give yourself a break.
State and federal laws require workers to have the opportunity to take breaks during the day. Use them! When you can, rest for the allotted time. Sit down and give your feet a breather. Make sure you’re drinking enough water during the day as well. Just as it’s terrible to sit around all the time, standing all day causes your body stress too. If you’re on your feet all day, take a load off for a few minutes during a break, stretch your legs out, lift your feet up a little and take a few deep breaths.
Consult with Debbie’s Staffing
We all want to put our best foot forward when we work and make a good impression with our bosses and coworkers. Take that literally by making sure your feet are cared for, your muscles are stretched and that your whole body is hydrated.
For more advice on how to keep yourself and your staff safe and healthy, contact Debbie’s Staffing for advice, consultations and, if needed, ways to bring new workers onto your team.