One of the best things about living in New York City is that no matter your personal interests, you’re sure to find a place where you can fit in. The city accommodates for all walks of life — from the high-powered executive to pro athlete to the artist, nurse, tech guru, and more. It’s important to pursue your passions, but have you ever considered how they might be impacting your health? You might be surprised to learn that your day-to-day activities can really influence the way you feel — especially when it comes to foot health. At Country Foot Care, we treat patients from all walks of life for all kinds of foot-related issues. Often, occupations and leisure activities can determine the types of problems they have. Here are some examples.
Aching feet are common in individuals who spend much of the working day on their feet. This can include chefs, factory employees, bank tellers, and even that guy in your office with the stand-up desk. In fact, Fox News and Health.com recently ranked teachers and health care workers as two of the worst jobs for people in pain because of the amount of time they stand throughout the day. When we are constantly upright, our feet take on a lot of pressure, and that can lead to conditions like plantar fascia, where pain happens under your heel. Eventually painful bone spurs can occur.
High heel wearers
We get it — shoes can make or break an outfit, and some professions demand on-trend looks in the workplace. Heels are also a popular choice off the clock–for parties, clubs, brunch, and other outings. Still, it’s important to know the negative effects that heels can have on feet. Since they put feet in unnatural positions and force them into tight places, they can be an almost instant source of discomfort. And even lifestyle publications, like Self, are stressing to women that, over time, more serious complications, such as bunions, hammertoes, and ingrown toenails might develop.
Athletes and gym rats
Most pro athletes are familiar with the foot-related strains that can come from their activities, but these issues are also common among trainers, gym rats, and recreational runners. If your feet are constantly moving, they are constantly feeling pressure and being exerted. And, over time, that pressure can lead to problems like ankle sprains and even achilles tendon trauma.
While you shouldn’t quit your day job or hobbies because of potential foot issues, you should be mindful of the possibility of them — and know both how to prevent them and treat them should they arise. It might be as simple as trying a new pair of shoes or taking more breaks to sit down. In some more complex cases, and often as time passes, surgical procedures might be necessary. The best way to find out is to speak to a professional. If you have questions or concerns about how your activities are impacting your foot health, call or make an appointment with us today.