Updated: January 22, 2021
We’ve all heard that sitting at a desk all day is bad for your health. But being on your feet all day can cause myriad health issues too. Standing all day can result in sore feet, swollen legs, aching muscles, lower back pain, varicose veins, and even a stiff neck and shoulders. Those at risk include people who work as assembly-line workers, bartenders, catering staff, hotel clerks, hair stylists, bakers, and carpenters.
When shopping for shoes, we often choose those that feel comfortable when we try them on rather than looking for features that will keep our feet comfy all day long. People who stand for long periods should look for a wide footbed and spacious upper.
This type of style allows you to move your toes and will also accommodate the natural foot swelling that occurs over the day. To spread pressure evenly and reduce aches and pains, it’s important to look for a shoe with a flat outsole, where the entire sole is in contact with the ground. While a slight heel can decrease stress on the Achilles tendon, wedge heels with a flat outsole will spread pressure evenly.
A shock-absorbing cushioned insole allows you to shift your weight throughout the day, to keep feet comfortable and pain-free. Finally, to hold the foot firmly in place, and make sure that the shoe’s features work as intended, look for a shoe with a reinforced heel.