How to have happy feet

You’ve just finished a long day on your feet and that all-too-familiar soreness is ready to greet you as you wrap things up. Finally, you pull up a chair, knowing in the back of your mind that you’ll be standing yet again in matter of hours. This, my friend, is not a recipe for happy feet.

Often times, leading a happier, healthier life gets simplified to just changing your diet and starting a new workout routine. However, it’s important to take care of your entire body, and your feet should not be ignored.

Feet bear most of the brunt of your day. From the moment you wake up, you’re putting your entire weight onto your two feet which are expected to take you through the rest of your day. Show them your appreciation by taking good care of them!

Our doctors have some advice to help you care take care of your feet and avoid that end-of-day foot pain:

“Most of time when people get sore feet, it’s usually because they have been standing on their feet all day or they have the improper shoe. Good shoes are worth the investment because you use them everyday. Make sure your shoes are properly cushioned and fit you well.” — Dr. Saurabh Bajpai

Did someone say, “shoe shopping!?”

Yes, Dr. Bajpai is recommending you go shoe shopping if you do not have a comfortable shoe. You spend most of your day on your feet so it is a very good investment, and minimizing foot pain can sometimes feel priceless.

If buying a completely new shoe doesn’t interest you, you can always look into buying orthotics.

“Orthotics would give you the support you need to keep your feet from fatigue." — Dr. Lorry Melnick

Thanks, Dr. Melnick! For those of you who aren’t quite sure what “orthotics” are, we’ve got your definition right here:

“A orthotic is a small piece of medical equipment that braces a bone and/or joint, to keep it in a better position, either at rest, during activities, or both.” Dr. Jeff Livingston

A common type of orthotic is an arch support. Those that suffer from plantar fasciitis often use arch supports to help. They aren’t expensive, so just browse the internet and try an orthotic that works for you.

Of course, Dr. Newman makes a good point that you can always talk to a doctor to see how to address your foot pain.

“If it is your joints that are puffy and they feel stiff and painful, it may indicate possible arthritis. There can be medical reasons for your swelling and/or pain, and if brought to the attention of your doctor properly addressed.” — Dr. Joseph Newman

So, go on and do whatever you were planning on doing today. Go to work, go for a run, or hit the club. If you want to avoid having sore feet at the end of the day, follow the above tips and you should be well on your way to having happier feet than Mumble the penguin.

Author: Maya Gilliss-Chapman