If you’ve ever felt as though you can’t wait to take your shoes off and put your feet up after a long day at work then you’re not alone. Work related foot problems are a common occurrence, and can have a significant impact on your ability to carry out your day to day work duties if they get severe enough.
If you are experiencing any of the following during or after you’ve gone to work, chances are you are suffering from work related foot problems:
- Lower back pain
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Leg, knee and hip pain
- Morton’s neuroma
- Tired and aching feet
- Fatigue in the feet and lower legs particularly towards the end of the day
Now if you are suffering from any of these conditions listed above, it doesn’t necessarily mean your work or work place is to blame.
Often it’s a combination of the nature of the work you’re doing and the way that your foot functions that contributes to the development of painful foot and leg symptoms while you’re at work.
People who do the a lot of the following as part of their job may be more prone to developing foot and ankle pain:
- Manual labor
What increases your risk of developing foot and ankle pain at work?
- If you have a flat foot type
- previous injuries to the lower limb and lower back
- You wear shoes that lack proper support (business shoes, ballet flats and high heels coupled with lots of standing can put you at a higher risk)
- Using a standing desk at work if you have any of the above
What can be done about work related foot pain?
If you are experiencing pain in your feet, ankles and legs which you think could be due to the nature of your work and the way your foot is functioning, seeing a Podiatrist can determine whether your feet could be contributing to your symptoms.
If you are determined to have a foot structure that places you at higher risks of developing and perpetuating work related foot pain it may be recommended that you:
- Get orthotic inserts for your shoes
- Buy supportive footwear
- Do specific stretching exercises if you have areas of muscle tightness
- Avoid using standing desks if possible
If you are currently experiencing work related foot and ankle pain our Podiatrist Dr. Stephanie Cooper is highly trained to help relieve your symptoms.
You can either contact her directly by phoning or messaging her on 0448 242 856 or phoning the Innaloo practice on 9446 1887 to book an appointment to get your foot pain addressed as soon as possible.
Although the clinic is open to anyone who wishes to visit, our Innaloo practice is conveniently located to help anyone suffering from work related foot pain who lives in the following areas:
- Wembley Downs
- Osborne Park