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Standing During Work and Edema

Edema, characterized by swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet, can be influenced by various factors, including extended periods of standing while working. This condition also often occurs after standing for a prolonged time, as well as during long plane flights or car rides. The act of standing for extended durations can lead to several health concerns. It may contribute to muscle fatigue in the legs and feet, leading to discomfort. Poor posture while standing can result in back pain and musculoskeletal issues. Moreover, it can strain the cardiovascular system, potentially causing conditions like edema. While standing is associated with increased physical activity and alertness, it is essential to strike a balance. Incorporating breaks to sit, stretch, and walk can alleviate the negative effects. Ergonomic adjustments to your workstation, supportive footwear, and exercises targeting leg and core muscles can help mitigate the challenges of prolonged standing. It is important to monitor persistent swelling in the ankles and feet, especially if accompanied by other concerning symptoms, as it can sometimes indicate underlying health problems. If you have continued edema, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination and care.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Jill Scholz, DPM from Town Square Family Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Coralville, IA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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