I’m A Tradie - Why Are My Feet So Tired At The End Of The Day?
- Why your feet get so tired at the end of the day (and what you should do)
- Why you have calluses, corns and cracked heels (and what you can do about them), and
- Buying new work boots - what to look for
So without further delay…
Why do my feet get so tired and sore at the end of the day?
We spend the day on hard surfaces
Softer surfaces, on the other hand, help us absorb more shock and lessen the impact on our feet and legs. While most of us can’t control the surface on which we work, we can control our shoes (see below) that can help minimise the damage.
We don’t wear the right shoes
- Are the right size for your longest toe (it isn’t always your big toe!)
- Are the right width to minimise painful rubbing
- Are relatively firm around the ankle for stability
- Have a strong heel counter (the part of the shoe that sits directly behind the heel)
- Have some flexibility around the toes
- Have cushioning to help you absorb shock better
- Have a removable liner - in case you need orthotics
If you need specific advice on the right shoes for your feet and where to get them, book in with our podiatrists here.
We are overusing our muscles throughout the day
If you’ve never had a biomechanical assessment that examines your posture, alignment and gait - then you probably won’t know if you have discrepancies between how you should be moving and how you actually are. Having this assessment allows us to identify the immediate problems we can help you solve to help your feet and legs feel better at work.
Our gait isn’t as smooth as it used to be
We all know that as we age, things don’t always work like they used to, and our feet and legs are no exception. Our bones change, our joints get stiffer, our natural shock absorption decreases, and for some of us, the weight on our feet and legs (and the rest of our body) increases. This just means that our bodies can no longer handle the daily forces we put on our feet like they used to - and often they can benefit from a bit of help with some orthotics.
Feeling great on your feet all day
From there, we’ll create a tailored plan and start implementing it to see the results that it has on your pain and comfort. We’ll ensure the plan complies with your work requirements and monitor your progress carefully to help you get the best results.
- Alternate regularly, where possible, between standing positions, as well as between sitting and standing
- Keep an even weight distribution where possible
- Put a mat down on concrete surfaces where you stand often, particularly if you spend most of your day in one area of a factory
- Elevate your feet when you get home to help reduce swelling and promote blood flow
- Massage your feet
- Try a foot bath - and add Epsom salts to help reduce swelling, pain and stress
- Stretch your feet as often as you can - heel stretches, calf stretches, toe stretches and hip stretches