Waitress Feet Problems
As a waitress, it is typical to spend 12 hours on a shift (even if you were only scheduled for 8 or 5 and with no real break). After 12 hours of standing and non-stop running, fetching, making tea and coffee, etc... feet can really get damaged if you do not wear the appropriate soles. A recent podiatry study has shown that 8 out of 10 waitresses have feet problems such as plantar fasciitis, sore feet and many more. The study also suggests that standing long hours blocks veins which then lead to contracting varicose veins. According to podiatry specialists, the main reason for all these problems is due to wearing improper shoes or insoles.
Most Common Feet Problems:
During an average day of work, a waitress walks about 10k. During the day the forces on the feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to a fully loaded truck, leading to all sorts of back, knees and feet pain. Below are the most common waitress feet problems:
- Fasciitis: Inflammation in the plantar fascia ligament along the bottom of the foot. Pain in the heel and arch, worst in the morning, are symptoms.
- Osteoarthritis of the feet: Age and wear and tear cause the cartilage in the feet to wear out. Pain, swelling, and deformity in the feet are symptoms of osteoarthritis.
- Gout: An inflammatory condition in which crystals periodically deposit in joints, causing severe pain and swelling. The big toe is often affected by gout.
- Bunions (hallux valgus): A bony prominence next to the base of the big toe that may cause the big toe to turn inward. Bunions are often caused by heredity or ill-fitting footwear.
- Achilles tendon injury: Pain in the back of the heel may suggest a problem with the Achilles tendon. The injury can be sudden or a nagging daily pain (tendinitis).
- Swollen feet: A small amount of swelling in the feet can be normal after prolonged standing and common in people with varicose veins. Feet oedema can also be a sign of heart, kidney, or liver problems.
- Calluses: A buildup of tough skin over an area of frequent friction or pressure on the feet. Calluses usually develop on the balls of the feet or the heels and may be uncomfortable or painful.
- Corns: Like calluses, corns consist of excessive tough skin buildup at areas of excessive pressure on the feet. Corns typically have a cone shape with a point and can be painful.
- Fallen arches (flat feet): The arches of the feet flatten during standing or walking, potentially causing other feet problems. Flat feet can be corrected with shoe inserts (orthotics), if necessary.
- Metatarsalgia: Pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. Strenuous activity or ill-fitting shoes are the usual causes.
- Plantar wart: A viral infection in the sole of the foot that can form a callus with a central dark spot. Plantar warts can be painful and difficult to treat.
One of the most common waitress feet injuries is sore feet (plantar fasciitis). 82% say they suffer or have suffered from sore feet. This is usually caused by wearing unsupportive shoes or insoles at work. The only natural/efficient remedy against sore feet is massage. Massaging your feet twice a day helps feet muscles and ligaments soften, letting blood and oxygen flow better. The other option is to wear massaging insoles that will automatically massage your feet as you walk, just like walking on a cloud...
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