ON YOUR FEET ALL DAY? AVOID PAIN AND HARM
As hairdressers, retail workers and busy baristas know, standing up for hours can be physically harmful. Leg, knee and back pain, headaches and migraines are common. Wearing shoes in the correct size and with sufficient arch support is important, but orthotic insoles may provide temporary relief (Footlogics-shop.com.au or Scholl.com.au). Maintaining good circulation is vital, says Anna-Louise – try simple moves like frequently standing up and down on your toes. “Also, sit down when you can, get out in the fresh air and try to get a bit of ‘huff and puff’ exercise, even for a few minutes.” Stretch your calf muscles and your hip flexors regularly (look online for a how-to guide). If your feet are sore and swollen when you get home, soak them in a bucket of icy cold water for about 20 minutes. Massage them on a spike ball or a foot roller, and elevate to reduce swelling. But if pain persists, see a podiatrist so you can avoid serious conditions like heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.