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Prolonged Standing Can Cause Health Problems

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We all hear about how sitting too much at work is bad for our health. But, what about those who have to stand for many hours at their jobs? Are there health risks associated with standing too long while working?

The answer is yes, standing too long without breaks at your job can cause health problems. In a recent study published in Human Factors, prolonged standing can lead to a myriad of health problems including back problems and joint pain.

The first author Maria Garcia, notes that long-term muscle aches and fatigue resulting from prolonged standing has not received very much research. In the study, it is also proven that both young and old are affected. Those participating in the study were 12 women and 14 men. The age groups were broken into two groups and participants were simulating standing work for 5 hours at an interval.

According to the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), working in a standing position on a regular basis can lead not only to fatigue and lower back pain but can also cause other health problems such as sore feet, swollen legs, varicose veins and stiffness in the neck and shoulders.

So, what should employers do in a situation where employees have to stand for long periods of time? When the work requires employees to be standing for long periods of time high chairs can be provided to allow the worker to sit for a bit.

In a work place that is trying to be well-balanced, the workers are allowed to be in a number of positions including sitting down and standing. Unfortunately, not all work places are so accommodating and the standing can begin to takes its toll.

Saving Your Feet

For those who have no choice but to stand while working there are things that you can do to help alleviate the foot and muscle aches and pains.

  • Put your feet up while on breaks and this includes your lunch breaks.
  • Wear shoes with good support.
  • Watch your weight as extra weight puts strain on your legs and feet.
  • Exercise regularly to maintain good circulation.
  • Eat a low salt diet to avoid excess swelling.
  • Do not wear tight hosiery or high heels.
  • Change your standing position regularly.

You are not going to last too long as a great employee if you are having issues with your feet. It is very important to take care of yourself and your feet. Long periods of standing do take a toll on your body but following the simple tips above will help alleviate problems that may arise.

When you get home after work and have been standing on your feet for hours, treat them kindly. Put your feet up or give them a nice warm soak in warm water and Epsom salt. Not only will your feet thank you, your whole body will. Taking even just a few minutes to take care of your feet will make a big difference.

For foot problems that just do not seem to get better, be sure to make an appointment with your foot specialist.

What is Athlete’s Foot?

 

 

Athlete’s foot will usually begin as a rash that can cause intense itching. Athlete’s foot is also known as tinea pedis and usually starts between the toes. Athlete’s foot will usually strike those people who wear tight-fitting shoes and have feet that sweat. The more your feet sweat the worse the symptoms seem to be.

Signs of Athlete’s Foot

Most common signs of athlete’s foot are itching, burning and stinging. Athlete’s foot is also very contagious and can be picked up from floors, towels and showers. Anywhere that a person has walked barefoot that has athlete’s foot will be contaminated.

Athlete’s foot is related to a few other fungal infections including jock itch and ringworm. Athlete’s foot can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications. If you find that the over-the-counter antifungal medications are not working it is time to see your foot specialist. There are medications available that can be prescribed and will reduce the discomfort quickly. Athlete’s foot can cause your feet to hurt and bleed if it is not taken care of.

You may notice that athlete’s foot can become worse at night after taking your shoes and socks off. Some forms of athlete’s foot can become so severe that it will cause blisters and open sores. If you have blisters try not to scratch them and open them up. If you do touch your blisters or feet be sure to wash your hands right away. Athlete’s foot can spread to your hands.

Time to see your Foot Specialist

If you suspect you have athlete’s foot and you have diabetes then you need to see your foot specialist right away. If you notice swelling, redness and have a fever then put a call into your podiatrist. There is no need having to suffer when your doctor is a phone call away.

What Causes Athlete’s Foot

Caused by the same organisms as jock itch and ringworm, athlete’s foot thrives in damp places that are warm. Try to wear shoes that allow the feet to breath at all times. Try to wear white cotton socks over those that are heavier and do not allow your feet to breath.

Avoiding Athlete’s Foot

  • Wear shoes that allow your feet to breath.
  • Do not share mats, bed linens, towels, socks or shoes with someone who has athlete’s foot.
  • Do not walk barefoot in public areas including public showers. Wear flip-flops to protect your feet when in public areas.

Athlete’s foot that is not taken care of can spread to other parts of your body including your nails, your hands and your groin area.

What to Expect From Your Foot Doctor

Your foot doctor will examine your feet. You will be asked when this rash started. Does any other family member have athlete’s foot? Have you been in public showers, swimming pools or other areas where athlete’s foot may have spread?

If you have questions about athlete’s foot be sure to ask your doctor. The better informed you are the less chance of contracting this type of rash again.

Aching Feet- How Can I Get This Pain To Go Away?

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Achy feet can cause distress and discomfort.

Do your feet ache? Are there times when you just have to get off your feet because you are in agony? You are not alone. There are many factors that can contribute to sore feet. Let’s have a look at the most common reasons for aching feet.

  1. Wearing shoes that do not fit right. Shoes with a sole that is too thin can cause your feet to hurt and ache because there is no support. If your feet ache then be sure to purchase well fitting shoes with a good sole and arch support.
  2. Being pregnant. Not only will the extra weight make your feet ache, the hormonal change causes ligaments to relax. The ligaments in your feet are relaxing and this will cause feet to ache. You may have to take more breaks and put your feet up if you are pregnant and your feet are hurting.
  3. Being Overweight. Extra weight is causing the joints, ligaments and muscles in your feet to work harder.
  4. Foot injury. The deep bruise that happens with impact injury or stepping on a hard object. This is also known as a stone bruise.
  5. Overworking your feet. This is for those who work 8+ hours standing and those who exercise a lot. If your feet are giving you a problem it may be time to look into the shoes you are wearing and seeing your local foot doctor.

What You Can Do At Home For Achy Feet

There are things that you can do at home to help with those tired feet. Here are a few suggestions.

  1. Get off of your feet and elevate them.
  2. Soak your feet in warm water. Epsom salt can also be added to the warm water. Adding 1-2 tablespoons per gallon of water will also help. Soak feet for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Massage your feet with lotion or oil. Be sure to gently apply pressure to the sore areas of your feet.
  4. Arch supports that can be bought at most stores can often give relief for achy feet.
  5. Invest in a good pair of shoes. If you have recently started exercising it is time to purchase well fitting athletic sneakers.

It is important to note that there are medical conditions that can cause your feet to ache. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, arthritis or cardiac disease it is important to consult with your doctor for the best treatment.

Everyday Wear and Tear

There will be days when your feet will hurt, it is just a part of life. We all get achy feet and it does not matter if you are young or old. If you know you have been on your feet too long, it is time for a break. If your feet continue to hurt and ache even after resting them, it is time to get quality foot care from a podiatrist.

The Best Party Shoes for Your Feet

The best party shoes for your feet

The Best Holiday Party Shoes

Yes, the holidays are upon us, and the fun begins. There is gift shopping and those holiday parties that we must attend. Although this is a great time of year, it can make our feet not like us very much. Hours of walking trying to find the perfect gift and then getting dressed up for those parties’ makes our feet ache.

Best Type of Shoes for Achy Holiday Feet

Now comes getting dressed for your holiday parties and not only do you want to be presentable, you want to be comfortable. As you stand there and stare at your assortment of shoes, you are thinking you just want to be comfortable. Of course, wearing those flip-flops are totally out. So, let’s discuss what type of shoes will not only keep you comfortable but will look great too.

For those who love the feel of boots, the newest and most stylish boots known as the classic riding boots are in. The riding boot comes in many styles and has a low heel with the perfect balance of arch support. The riding boot can be worn with pretty much anything including jeans and skirts. If you are one to suffer from foot pain when wearing dress shoes, then the riding boots are a must have to add to your wardrobe.

Riding boots vary in price from inexpensive to the very expensive. You know what your budget can afford and choosing wisely will save your feet a lot of aching in the end.

The Loved Flats

Time after time when we are looking for the perfect shoes to wear to an occasion we want those flats. The problem with flats is that they can cause blisters and make feet problems worse. There are flats available out there that are comfortable. When trying to find the perfect flats to compliment your outfit be sure to take your time and try them on. There is nothing worse than buying a pair of flats, and as you are wearing them your feet are blistering and it hurts to move your toes. Hurting feet with blisters and feet with lumps and bumps is not what you are trying to achieve. Be sure there is some support and an arch to help keep your feet comfortable.

The Dress Heels

If you cannot find anything that will go with your outfit except for dress heels then, you can still pull the look off and be comfortable. Choose dress shoes with heels that have a smaller heel to them. Dress shoes with a heel of less than three inches will keep you from damaging your feet and keeping you comfortable at the same time. For those who are searching for the perfect dress heels, the best shoes to search are known as kitten heels.

If you are experiencing foot pain and changing the types of shoes you are wearing is not bringing relief than it may be wise to contact Quality Foot Care.

What You Should Know Before Purchasing Those Stunning Shoes

By Dr. Ken Lefkowitz

Hey ladies, ever bought a pair of shoes that were too big or too small because your size wasn’t

available but they were just too cute or too discounted to pass up? Seems harmless enough, right?

Wrong. Wearing ill-fitting shoes day after day can actually cause numerous foot problems, some even

requiring surgery. Here are some tips for scoring a perfectly fitting pair of shoes.

First and foremost, measure your feet at the shoe store. You may think you know your size, but

even when you’re done growing, your feet can continue to increase in size. Try to measure them at the

end of the day, which is when your feet are at their largest. Another thing to keep in mind is that your

feet might not be equal in size. If you find this to be the case, always buy the pair of shoes that fits the

larger foot if you can’t get one shoe in each size.

The next rule is one that is ignored way too often. I cannot stress this enough—never buy a pair

of shoes that is too tight around the sides or the toes expecting them to eventually become “broken in”

after wearing them for a while. Walk in your shoes for a while at the shoe store, and if they feel too

tight, try a different size. The same goes for a pair that is too loose. If your heel pops out with each step,

the fit is not right.

If you have any questions about purchasing shoes or would like advice on special diabetic

footwear, do not hesitate to call Quality Foot Care at 215-230-9707. If you have other foot or ankle

concerns, be sure to make an appointment at our Doylestown office today.

Foot Orthotics Vs. Shoe Inserts: What’s the Difference?

By Dr. Ken Lefkowitz

The first thing you need to know is that shoe inserts and orthotics are not the same thing. You may see shoe inserts advertised on television or online that are “custom made” for arch support, but unless they are crafted for you by your podiatrist, they are not the same as custom orthotics. Non-prescription shoe inserts have a limited amount of uses; they can be utilized for arch support, extra cushioning, and as barrier against rubbing shoes. Custom orthotics made by a podiatrist can treat a wider range of issues.

When you visit your podiatrist to purchase orthotics, he or she will conduct a complete evaluation of your feet and ankles to make sure the inserts are crafted perfectly for your unique foot structure. There are two kinds of prescription orthotics that are available: functional orthotics and accommodative orthotics. Functional orthotics are fashioned to control abnormal motion. They can also treat injuries such as shin splints and tendonitis. Accommodative orthotics provide extra cushion and support to treat diabetic foot ulcers, calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other conditions that can cause pain such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and tendonitis.

Although custom orthotics from your podiatrist cost more than shoe inserts from a retail store, they are well worth the price and are often covered by insurance. These orthotics are custom made from 3-dimensional images of each of your feet, so you can be sure that they fit and are serving their purpose. In addition, prescription orthotics are made from high quality materials and last much longer than store-bought inserts.

If you would like to be evaluated for your own pair of custom orthotics or have any other foot and ankle concerns, call Quality Foot Care at 215-230-9707. We hope to see you soon at our Doylestown office!

Dangers of Wearing High Heels: Don’t Buy Those Heels Before Reading This!

What do stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Paris Hilton, Katie Holmes, and Jennifer Aniston, all have in common? The answer is unsightly feet, as a result of improper footwear. Many women make the fashion choice to walk around in high heels on a daily basis, to the detriment of their feet. Wearing proper shoes is important, and female A-listers have learned the hard way.

Human feet simply were not made to walk in high-heeled shoes. Wearing certain heels can put the ball of the foot at almost a 90 degree angle, concentrating too much pressure on the front of the foot. Other than straining the feet and causing unsightly veins to develop (such as Jennifer Aniston has experienced), people who wear stilettos every day can also develop calluses, corns, capsulitis (painful inflammation of the joints where the toes attach to the foot), Achilles tendonitis (stretching of the muscle that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone), plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the connective tissue at the bottom of the foot), neuromas (pinched nerves), and even stress fractures.

So, what is the ideal footwear? In order to keep your foot at a natural angle, flatter shoes (but not flimsy, they must have heel support) are your best choice. When purchasing new shoes, the most important thing is to make sure that the fit is right to avoid pinching and rubbing that can cause complications. While sizing for new shoes, make sure both feet are measured because they may not be the same size. Also, a shoe should conform as much as possible to the shape of the widest part of your foot, and ideally, there should be room to wiggle your toes. Another tip is to purchase your shoes at the end of the day, when your feet tend to be the most swollen, to account for changes in foot size.

Many women feel that there is pressure to wear high heels in order to look professional in their jobs. If this is unavoidable, at least try to choose heels two inches or under, and wear other shoes until you arrive at work. Spend as much time as possible in the proper footwear so when you do wear heels, you will not experience pain and complications.

If you have any questions about your shoes or special footwear options, call Dr. Lefkowitz at 215-230-9707, or give him a visit in his Doylestown office.