At Physio Form we treat patients from all walks of life, for all sorts of foot related issues. Often, occupations and leisure activities can determine the types of problems they may have. It’s important to pursue your passions but this got me thinking … does your activity impact your foot health?
Here are some examples;
Aching feet are common in individuals who spend much of their day on their feet. Standing desks are often a new feature in modern offices, so even office bound jobs can put your feet at risk. Health.com ranked teachers and healthcare workers as two of the worst jobs for people in pain because of the amount of time they spend standing up. When we are constantly upright, our feet experience a lot of pressure which can lead to conditions like plantar fasciitis and heel spurs.
High Heel wearers
I am a girl that loves shoes – and I get that shoes can make or break an outfit! Heels are a popular choice for work, brunch and out of hours partying but it is still important to acknowledge the negative effect that heels have on feet. Heels change the alignment of your feet often squeezing them into unnatural positions and tight spaces causing bunions, joint and nerve irritation and even stress fractures.
Athletes and Gym fanatics
Most athletes will be aware of foot related strains that arise from their activities, but the same issues are also common with recreational runners, gym fanatics and the avid walker.
If your feet are constantly moving, they are constantly feeling pressure and being exerted. Over time that same pressure can lead to overuse injuries like ankle, tendon and muscle strains.
Before you panic and cover yourselves in bubble wrap – I am not suggesting that you change your career or cancel your next park run but instead be mindful of the possibility of potential injury. A simple change may be trying a new pair of shoes or mixing up the sequence of your gym routine. The best way to find out is to speak to a professional.
If you have any queries or concerns about how your activities are impacting your foot health call or make an appointment with us today.