When it comes to work, people seem to take one of two paths: jobs that require hours of sitting, or jobs that require hours of standing and walking. Retail workers, cashiers, waiters, teachers, construction workers, and more spend the majority of their days standing or walking around, with few opportunities to rest their lower limbs. Office workers of every variety, on the other hand, spend nearly all of their working hours at their desks, with few reasons to get up and move around. Unfortunately, both of these situations are unhealthy for your feet and can lead to many problems.
Your feet are your foundation for a healthy, well-functioning body. Keeping them healthy means they need to be active sometimes, but also given a chance to rest and recover. Both constant standing and sitting are detrimental to their health.
Standing all day put excessive pressure on your lower limbs. Over the course of the day, this strains your bones, muscles, and connective tissues. The effects are felt not only in your feet, but all the way up your legs and into your back. People who stand constantly end up suffering from muscle fatigue and sore feet. The pressure may contribute to swelling, overuse, and inflammation as well. You become more susceptible to problems like varicose veins and stiffness in your back, neck, and shoulders.
Spending most of your time sitting isn’t the answer for your feet, however. In fact, people who spend most of their day seated are more likely to suffer from certain cancers, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Constantly sitting actually limits your circulation to your lower limbs, which can contribute to varicose veins and exacerbate other problems. Without the challenge of carrying your weight, muscles atrophy and bones start to thin, too, making your lower limbs weaker and more prone to damage.
So if both prolonged sitting and standing are both bad for your feet, how can you keep up your lower limb healthy at work? There’s no one right answer. Supporting and resting your lower limbs can help with pain from standing, while exercise and regular movement can help problems from sitting. At Absolute Foot Care Specialists, we help you address your foot problems and keeping your working feet at their best. Make an appointment with us online, or call our Las Vegas offices at (702) 839-2010 today.