How to Care for Your Feet After Prolonged Standing
The sit-stand lifestyle has started to gain some popularity because of the growing number of people getting afflicted by health conditions brought by developing sedentary habits, brought mainly by prolonged sitting at work. It’s a new experience for everyone, and it comes with its own initial challenges.
If you’re one of those individuals who are trying to get some more standing time in your day by alternating between sitting and standing as you work, we hope you don’t get discouraged by the initial discomfort and fatigue brought by prolonged standing. We promise it’s worth it and, with the right care tips, it gets better in time.
Check out these self-care tips for your feet and legs
From pre-standing to post-standing care ideas, these will help make the transition easier for you.
Elevate your feet
This is a universal and timeless feet care advice, one you might have even heard from your parents. When you stand for a long period of time, your leg muscles and veins have to keep doubly hard to support you and keep circulation flowing.
Elevating your feet will put some pressure off your legs and increase blood flow from your feet, which is helpful in giving your feet and legs their much-needed rest. Doing this does not only reduce feet fatigue but is also said to reduce the chances of having varicose veins.
Give your feet some loving soak
A tub of warm water for relaxation, some Epsom salt for muscle destress, and some aromatic oils to clear your mind and relax your sense—there are few better ways to end your day after standing at work for hours.
Epsom salt is widely known for its benefits in relaxing the muscles, so it’s perfect for your feet. It’s a simple way to care for your feet and your mind after a long day at the office.
Try a perching stool
While there are ways to care for your feet and legs after prolonged standing, there are also some things that you can do to get extra support while you stand so that your legs don’t get easily tired. One of these is to invest in a perching stool, a stool designed to support you as you stand.
It’s a portable stool that is adjustable in height, so you can sit on it as you work or you can perch on it when you’re standing so that your feet and legs don’t carry your entire weight. It’s a good way to take a break from fully standing.
Get an anti-fatigue mat or foot rest
This is a mat designed for people who stand while working on something. Depending on the mat that you invest in, there are several features you might want to consider.
First, a soft mat can give added cushion to your feet to reduce pressure. Second, some mats have ridges and knobs that can massage the soles of your feet. And third, you can also find foot mats and rests designed to keep you moving as you stand on them to that your leg muscles are engaged and circulation is improved.
Keeping your muscles active will help them become stronger so that you don’t get easily tired when you are standing. Try running or jogging, or some other exercises designed to strengthen the legs.
Another tip would be to make sure that you don’t overdo standing, especially if you’re just starting out. Start small, and then build from there. And of course, know and listen to your body. Your body will tell you when it’s time to take a break.
So, are you ready? With the self-care tips we shared above, we hope it would be easier for you to stand more and be healthier!
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