Warm Up for Work – How to Relieve Foot and Leg Pains at Work
Whether your job requires you to stand for hours on end or has you situated at a desk for long periods of time, leg pain is never fun. In today’s article, we discuss some of the common causes of leg pain and provide some simple exercises you can do at work to help relieve those bothersome aches.
What are some common causes of leg pain?
The majority of reasons for leg pain arise from overuse or injuries to the joints, bones, ligaments, or muscles of the leg. Some individuals may possess inherent misalignments in their lower extremities that increase their risk of developing leg pain and foot problems. Some common causes of foot pain and leg pain include:
- Bunions, corns, and/or calluses
- Flat feet
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Staying in one position for long durations
- Poor posture
Relieving foot and leg pain at work
Routine exercising and stretching can help reduce any chances of aches and pain. If done regularly, it can also increase your range of motion and flexibility. The following exercises can be done in almost any space and with a minimal amount of equipment. They are quick and easy to do. Try them at home or at work!
1. Calf raises
Position the balls of your feet on the edge of a step. Your heels should be located just off the ledge. Drop your heels down, hold for 1-2 seconds, then raise yourself back up again. This is a great way to warm the calves up for any additional stretching.
2. Single Calf Stretches
You can use a wall or a thick book for this one. With one foot, place your heel against the floor while putting your toes up against the wall or up on the book. Lean forward slightly and hold for 30 seconds. You should feel a nice stretch along the back of your calf. Do this for both legs, 30 seconds each, for 3 sets.
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