A sedentary lifestyle may be linked to numerous health issues, including diabetes and high blood pressure. For these individuals, it may be necessary to increase the amount of time standing during the day; this may be helpful in easing potential back problems and improving posture and strength. There are many ways to incorporate standing throughout the work day, such as portioning your lunch time to include walking. Meetings that consist of walking instead of sitting around a table may be beneficial as well. Standing desks may be another option, which can help increase alertness and therefore increase productivity. Another helpful habit to acquire is using the stairs instead of an elevator, in addition to parking your car further away from the building you are entering to promote walking.
While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Jeff Pawlowski from Red Mountain Footcare. Our doctor 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.
- 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.
- 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 Mesa, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.