If you’re a nurse, doctor or other member of the medical field working in a hospital or doctor’s office, don’t let your feet stand in the way (pun intended) of providing the best possible care to your patients. Standing on flat ground in unsupportive shoes causes changes in your posture—and a ripple effect from your feet all the way up through your body.
What can you do to help stay supported?
Check Your Posture—And Change Positions Often
If you find yourself slouching as you walk or stand, try to be more mindful of your body’s alignment. Also, try changing positions often to increase blood flow and circulation and engage different joints and muscles. This will more evenly distribute the strain of standing and help you avoid muscle and joint fatigue.
Simply standing can cause your whole body to feel fatigued and sore, and it’s important to engage your muscles throughout the day to keep your blood flowing. Backwards lunges, squats and other exercises can keep stiffness and discomfort at bay.
When in doubt, stretch it out. Engage in a full-body stretch routine that covers your head/neck, shoulders, lower back, legs and feet.
Check out Vionic’s Standing Guide for more in-depth tips and tricks for optimal standing comfort! You can find our full line of supportive sneakers, stylish shoes and comfortable walking sandals for work and play at www.vionicshoes.com.