There seem to be countless products available to treat fatigue and soreness in the head and torso. From headache pain relievers to heated neck wraps to handheld shoulder massagers, the marketplace seems to have this consumer niche covered pretty well.
But what about the other end of the body? Foot fatigue can be a serious problem for workers, especially those who spend hours each day standing or walking. For these folks, here are ten suggestions for addressing and/or preventing foot fatigue:
- Make sure your feet are loose. Not from your ankles, of course. Just like you would stretch your arms and back before working out, stretch your feet and wiggle your toes when you get up in the morning (or come home from work).
- Address all of your health problems. There are a variety of unrelated health conditions that cause symptoms which include foot fatigue. So if you suffer from osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, risk factors for deep vein thrombosis, or other circulation problems, be sure to take your medication and follow your physician’s instructions regarding diet and exercise.
- Buy comfortable shoes. Even if your job requires you to look professional at all times, you can still find shoes that won’t inflict or soreness on your feet. Make sure that your footwear has the proper supported need for jobs that keep you on your feet for long periods of time.
- Buy shoes that fit. Even the most well-designed, fatigue-eliminating shoes won’t work properly if they are the incorrect size. Footwear that is too big or too small will contribute to foot fatigue. Don’t hesitate to ask a shoe salesperson to measure your correct shoe size.
- Rotate wearing two (or more) pairs of shoes. Believe it or not, switching shoes can help alleviate fatigue in your feet. That’s because different footwear creates varying pressure points on your feet, thereby allowing them to stay healthier and fresher. Some people even rotate shoes during the same shift
- Look into orthotics. Arch supports, gel packs, insoles, and similar shoe inserts can increase the comfort level of your feet. These can be purchased at drugstores and grocery stores, although some people might require specially-made orthotics from a podiatrist.
- Get off your feet when you can. Whenever you get a break during your workday, sit or lie down. Even if it’s a five-minute smoke break or a fifteen-minute lunch. Every minute spent off your feet is less time for foot fatigue to set in.
- Ice your feet. When you get home from work, don’t be afraid to ice down your feet if they are sore or inflamed. Either put ice cubes in a bucket and rest your feet in it, or place an ice pack or two on your feet for up to 30 minutes.
- Massage your feet. It could be as simple as you or someone else rubbing on your feet for a few minutes, or as advanced as a formal foot massage from a massage therapist. Either way, it will help boost blood circulation in your feet and eliminate fatigue.
- Invest in an anti-fatigue mat. Get your employer to procure a special anti-fatigue mat, which is specially designed to facilitate circulation in the feet and legs, thereby reducing fatigue. Ultimate Mats has several anti-fatigue mats to choose from in a variety of sizes and border types.