ON YOUR FEET ALL DAY? AVOID PAIN AND HARM

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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.

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