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If you spend most of the day on your feet, you may find they need a little TLC from time to time so here are 5 top tips for happy, healthy feet.
Standing on your feet all day can cause stresses on the muscles and ligaments which maintain your foot’s structure. Choose footwear which conforms to the natural shape of your foot as this will help to support your heel, arch and forefoot in its natural position.
This not only helps your body’s natural shock absorption but also provides a forgiving base as your feet expand and change shape as the day goes on.
Exercises will keep the muscles in your feet active and the blood pumping! Going up on to tip toes and holding for five seconds and repeating ten times is a great way to improve calf strength. Balancing on one leg is also an excellent exercise to work all of the smaller muscles in the foot and ankle.
Have several pairs of good supportive footwear for work and alternate these throughout the week. Research suggests that this is better for your feet than just wearing the same pair of shoes all the time.
If you are starting to experience aches or pains, see a Podiatrist for advice. A Podiatrist can prescribe anything from custom-made foot orthotics to simple exercise advise. The main thing is that it is personalised to you and can prevent little niggles from becoming bigger problems.