Occupational Foot Hazards

Summary of Chapter 24

Set the foot down with distrust on the crust of the world – it is thin.– Edna St. Vincent Millay

My Feet Are Killing Me by Celebrity Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine

Occupational Foot Hazards

No matter what your day job, your feet may be hurting by the end of the day, but some occupations put more stress on the soles than others, increasing your risk for aches, pains, and foot conditions that, if not treated early, can affect your work and your life.

Standing in a single position makes things worse. It transmits all your body weight to your feet, making your bones more susceptible to injury because the soft tissue on the soles is receiving constant pressure.

When you feel the need to shift your weight, it’s a sign that your feet are crying out to be relieved. (After all, they weren’t designed to hold up a statue.) With an estimated 7,000 nerve endings in your feet, even healthy, active people cannot be on their feet all day without discomfort, especially if they wear high heels.

Standing all day can lead to problems such as hip, knee, back, and foot pain. We’ll focus on the latter. High heels put extra weight on the ball of the foot, which can cause a condition called metatarsalgia and increases your chances of nerve injuries and hammertoes. Bunions, sprains, and stress fractures are also problems. Swelling is another problem because gravity causes fluid to accumulate in the lower legs and feet. Fatigue also places you more at risk of muscle and joint injuries.

In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine helps you get back to work with a smile on your face:

  • Tried and True Tips to help reduce foot aches, pains, discomfort, and potential for injuries
  • Ways to Treat Your Feet
  • Exercises For Your Feet

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