Are you a teacher suffering from tired and aching feet?

April 8, 2018

Geelong Podiatrist – Amy Hawker, gives her top tips to help teachers stay active, healthy and happy! 

Many teachers suffer from foot and leg pain as teaching is a demanding profession on both feet. School holidays provide the perfect opportunity to improve overall foot health. Our Sports Podiatrist – Amy Hawker, has put together a few simple steps to help you take care of both feet through the holiday break and beyond.

We  help many teachers within our clinic who suffer from fatigue and general soreness in both feet due prolonged standing on their feet all day, for hours on end, day in and day out.

Beyond simple fatigue and discomfort, more serious health effects can result from working on your feet. Some of these include plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, orthopedic changes in the feet, restricted blood flow, swelling in the feet and legs, varicose veins, and increased chance of arthritis in the knees and hips.

Here are a few tips and techniques you can use to protect your feet from injury and maintain general foot health for the 2018 school year:

  • A quick massage of your feet with your hands or a ball will help ease the strain they have been under all day. Rolling a ball under both feet can help reduce the soft tissue adhesion and improves the quality of movement in the bones in your feet
  • Buy an anti-fatigue mat if you are standing behind a cash register for several hours, as they provide more cushioning for your feet; otherwise a foam mat or a carpet piece will do.
  • Look at the shoes you are wearing to work. Many shoes do not provide the cushioned support needed for your hardworking feet: fashion shoes are too pointed or the heels may be too high, causing your feet to cramp up and putting pressure on the balls of your feet. Wear shoes that fit properly— not too small or large or those that go with your dress or uniform—and consider using arch supports, place a soft insole inside the shoe for extra cushioning, as all this makes standing for extensive periods more comfortable.

Footwear brands we recommend:
*Frankie4- stocked within our Geelong/Drysdale Clinic

  • Avoid the temptation of owning just one pair of work shoes. Rotate your shoes very other day or even during each day, as this changes the pressure points that support your foot providing relief to over-used areas and activating different muscle groups.
  • Pay attention to the socks you wear. There is technology now used to help absorb moisture, antibacterial or copper socks to reduce foot odour, and anti-friction socks to prevent blisters and hot spots. Many socks have padding under the balls or heels of the foot to across the instep and some socks even support the arch with extra stretch material.
  • It sounds obvious, but it helps: sit whenever you can, even if it’s a few minutes every hour. When there is no option, shift your weight by balancing from one leg to the other so one leg can rest. Do take your whole lunch hour sitting down if you can, and take every opportunity to walk around your place of work as its standing in one place for hours that’s so tiring.
  • Doing stretches works. This keeps your muscles from cramping and improves blood flow. A few quick standing bench presses for the back and calf muscle stretches can energise the body.

If you would like any further footwear advice or are experiencing sore feet at work, please feel to contact us via email.

If you would like to make an appointment call 1300 937 573 or book online today.
Yours in keeping people active, healthy and happy!

Amy Leverett
Pro Feet Podiatry